Non Oil Exports Shipped Through Tin Can Customs Up 62 % , As It Collects N135.4bn In 1Q

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The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello-Koko (7th left), head of Maritime Law and Policy, World Maritime University, Malmo, Sweden, Dr. Max Mejia (8th left), Executive Director, Marine & Operations, Hon. Onari Brown (5th left) and other top Management of the Authority during the working visit.

By Shola Fadeyi                        

Volume of Non Oil Exports shipped through the Tin Can Command  of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) in the first quarter of 2022 increased by 62 per cent , while the value rose by         55.82 percent when compared to the level in the corresponding period of 2021.

71,014.4 metric tonnes of non oil exports, with a free on board value(FOB) of N56.2 billion     were shipped through the Command between January and March 2022 as against about 44.502  metric tonnes of produce , with an FOB   value  of N31.371 billion   in the corresponding period of 2021.

.                The commodities exported through the Command during the period  were said to have ranged from copper ingots, stainless steel ingots, sesame seeds, cashew nuts, cocoa beans, rubber, cocoa butter , leather, ginger, frozen shrimps, among others.

Also ,revenue generated by the Command,  in the first quarter of 2022 rose  by about N22.7  billion or   20.18 percent, as against the level in  the same period of 2021.

.             The Command collected over  N135.4 billion as revenue between January and March 2022 as compared to the about  N112.6 billion it recorded from all its activities in the same period of 2021.

The Area Controller of the Command , Comptroller Olakunle Oloyede   who disclosed the facts to the  media in Lagos yesterday also  said the Command seized various contrabands , which duty paid value(DPV) was over N1.048 billion.

He said the seizures made include 145 kilogramme of Colorado (Indian hemp) concealed in two units of Ridgeline trucks, and two units of Toyota Corolla vehicles,206,000 pieces of machetes,640 bales of used clothes, and  236,509  pieces of used shoes.

Others , according to the Controller, are 62,500 pieces of  new ladies shoes, 1,670,400 pieces of chloroquine injection (5mg/5ml) , 1,814,400 of Novalgen injection (5mg/5ml) ,48,850 rolls of cigarettes and 23,800 tins of sodium bromate and baking powder.

He disclosed that the import of the products  contravenes sections 46, 47 and 161 of the Customs &Excise Management Act(CEMA) CAP 45 LFN 2004.

The Controller stated that his assumption of duty signaled a new dawn in the performance of the Command         for the fact that he was emphatic and categorical on his vision for a renewed enthusiasm in the areas of discipline , trade facilitation, revenue drive devoid of extortionist tendencies.

He pointed out that the Command’s operations for the first quarter , significantly aligned with the statutory responsibilities of the Service in the areas of revenue generation, trade facilitation, and enforcement activities.

The Controller said his mandate also included putting modalities in place to boost export and increase revenue through the use of risk management mechanism in identifying areas of leakages with a view to blocking them.

Oloyede stated  that  the Command has continued to draw inspiration and leverage on the theme of the international customs day, ” Scaling up Customs Digital transformation ,by embracing a data culture and building a data ecosystem’’.

The Controller disclosed  that the Command has continued to leverage on the theme  to harness such facilities that have been made available on the NCIS II platform such as the Pre Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR) , advance manifest, selectivity engine and data analysis.

He said these instruments have to  a large extent enhanced the Command’s risk management processes leading to trade facilitation, expedited customs processes and collection of appropriate duties and taxes .

The Controller stated that despite the achievements, the Command will continue to strive towards better performance, adding that with the e- customs, and the deployment  of non intrusive technology such as scanners , it would achieve  more in the areas of revenue generation, trade facilitation and enforcement of government fiscal policies.