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Half Year: Onne Customs rakes in N115.2bn revenue

Half Year: Onne Customs rakes in N115.2bn revenue

…as Mohammed commends port users over compliance

 

The Nigeria Customs Service, Port Harcourt Area ll Command Onne Port said it has collected a total of N115,264,159,921.12 from January to June 2022.

The 2022 half year revenue generation shows a remarkable difference from the 2021 half year collection of N78 billion whereas at the same period in 2020 N46.6 billion was collected.

In a release made available to newsmen by the Public Relations Officer of the Command Superintendent of Customs, Ifeoma Ojekwu, stated that further comparison indicates 147 per cent increase above the 2020 collection and 47 per cent increase above 2021 figure showing differences of N37,097,079,630.91 and N68,597,503,002.82 for 2021 and 2020 respectively.

Under Comptroller Auwal Mohammed, the Customs Area Controller (CAC), the Command’s revenue collection showed upward progression on monthly basis resulting in the cumulative differences recorded for the three years put side by side.

In the first half of 2022, the Command made 28 seizures comprising of 9 containers valued at N531,386,166.78 (Duty Paid Value). This half year’s number of seizures is higher than 20 made between January and June 2021.

Amongst the seized items were machetes brought into the country without end user certificate, military wears, vegetable oil, whisky, soap and used clothing. Other seizures recorded include used tyres, foreign parboiled rice, tomato paste, used vehicle parts and other items either classified as prohibited or for which duty payment were being evaded.

On export, a total of 876,775.60Metric Tonnes with $495,384,221.99 free on board (FOB) value translating into N203,969,499,562.18 and Nigeria Export Supervision Scheme (NESS)value of N1, 075,060,914.52 were processed through the command in the period under review.

The above export figures are over a hundred and fifty (150) per cent increase in
value to that of first half 2021. The 2022 export statistics shows an improvement on the 2021 figures which is a fallout of CAC Auwal Mohammed trade facilitation strategies.

Comparatively, as at June 2022, the command had processed 331,356.40 metric tonnes with free on board (FOB) value of $141,422,075.87. The FOB value in naira was N58,229,125,518.73 with NESS value of N260,150,300.13

The CAC has brought to the knowledge of port users that there is a Domestic Export Warehouse (DEW) approved by federal government at Onne, according to him the DEW provides further opportunities for exporters to process and package their exports while enjoying seamlessness of export cargo warehouse in Onne directly to vessels.

He said due diligence by regulatory and government agencies functions, including Customs examination shall be conducted in the DEW facility.

Comptroller Mohammed described the DEW facility as a one stop shop emplaced by the Federal Government to promote and encourage export trade which the command has aligned with ahead of it’s full take off.

Comptroller Auwal Mohammed in his remarks last Friday said “This revenue seizure and export figures coming at the end of first half of the year attests to a good outcome fromour efforts.

“While thanking my officers and men for sticking to the vision of the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd.) and implementing the service mandate without compromise, I want to thank our compliant traders.

“Like I have always said in our parades with officers and meetings with stakeholders, there are numerous advantages attached to being compliant.

“It saves time, raises profit of traders by helping to prevent payment of demand notices and penalty payments by persons trying to cut corners and raises the integrity level of the port user in our profiling system for fast track plus other benefits.

“Compliant traders are our partners in progress. Indeed, we as a service in this Command will continue to lawfully support them .

“It is also expedient to appreciate other agencies of government for their cooperation, intelligence sharing.”

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