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Customs Area II Command Onne Port collects N107.3 bn revenue, surpassing target by 112%


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The Nigeria Customs Service
(NCS), Area II Command, Onne Port, Rivers State has generated over ₦107,336,142,823.59
as revenue from duty paid on imported goods in 2019.

In a statement, the Command said
the amount surpasses the annual target of ₦95,711,502,149.33 for 2019 by
₦11,642,640,674.26 which represents 112 percent of the target.

The Customs Area Controller of
the Command,  Aliyu Galadima Saidu, said
that a total of 24 seizures with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of ₦1,278,708,011.00
were also recorded from anti-smuggling operations.

The seizures include 99
containers comprising vegetable oil, detergents, bags of foreign rice, scraps
metals, corrugated aluminum sheets, furniture, tin tomatoes (tomato paste),
insect repellant/killer, bales of fabrics and wax materials.

The seizures were made due to
wrong documentation, false declarations, wrong classifications, concealments
and non-provision of end user certificates for the imported machetes.

Preliminary investigations
carried out by the Service revealed that the primary motive for the items being
smuggled was to evade paying the correct duties.

On export, a total of 255,407
metric tonnes of goods with a total Free On Board (FOB) value of $78,402,057
which is equivalent to ₦28,420,745,662.5 @ ₦362.5 per dollar was processed through
the area last year.

Also, in comparing the revenue
generated between year 2018 and year 2019; the total sum of N94,044,676,428.01
was realized in Year 2018. This shows 14% increase in revenue generated in year
2019 as against year 2018.

Comptroller Saidu, who frowned on
the continued menace of smuggling across the ports and borders, also lamented
on the detrimental effect it has on the nation’s security, social and economic well-being.

He advised those involved in such
unpatriotic behavior to desist from it, and warned that the command will not
spare anyone as efforts will be intensified in locating and investigating the
economic saboteurs, no matter how they hide.

He also urged genuine business
men to continue being law abiding and run their businesses with utmost
compliance with the law as a way to build trust and integrity in their

Saidu also expressed appreciation
to the Comptroller–General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd.) and his
management team for their consistent encouragement and support; while
reassuring continued resilience and diligence of officers and men of the
Command in carrying out all statutory responsibilities without compromise.

He extends a hands of fellowship
to stakeholders including sister agencies, the business community and other
organizations, thanking them for their support and cooperation with the
command, while commending the resilience and diligence of all the officers last
year. He also urged that the effort be sustained and improved upon.
He equally thanked members of the
press for their continued partnership with the command, and assured of an open
door policy for conveying information to the public.

Saidu said, “2019 has come and
gone. I want to commend you all for your effort in revenue collection, trade
facilitation and anti-smuggling. We can do better than we did last year by
staying more vigilant against smuggling, duty evasion, concealment, under
declaration and other unlawful acts.”

“Those involved in trade related
malpractices will be looking for ways to beat the system, but we have deployed
our trainings to productivity through diligent profiling, uncompromising
examination, improved trade facilitation, strategized intelligence and tact
exhibition for this year 2020 and beyond.”

Breakdown of seizures made in
1.    15,317 jerry-cans of 25-litres of vegetable
oil, with DPV of ₦110,211,278.00
2.    20 x 20 ft containers loaded with
tin-tomatoes paste with DPV of ₦272,261,026.00
3.    13,306 cartons of Eva complexion soap
(detergent) with DPV of ₦125,966,675.00
4.    1 x 20 ft container comprising 715 bales of
fabric/textile (wax materials) with DPV of N25,433,278.46
5.    One(1) x 40 ft container loaded with scrap
metal of various sizes and types worth ₦5,386,979.00
6.    4 x 20 ft container loaded with 160 logs of
hardwood with DPV of ₦19,342,838.00
7.    I x 40 ft container loaded with 1,014
cartons of machetes, 1300 sacks of shovel, 100 carton of sickle, 172 packs of
digger with DPV of ₦52,463,008.00
8.    4,566 bags of 50 kg parboiled rice worth
9.    540 bundles of corrugated Aluminum sheets
with DPV of ₦561,753,188.00 and others.

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