By Okezie Nnadi
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Tin Can Island Port Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS has generated a total revenue of N574.3 billion from January to December in 2022.
The Customs Area Controller (CAC), Tin Can Island Port Command, Comptroller Kunle Oloyede gave these fegures during a media briefing held at the command.
Comptroller Oloyede told the newsmen that these figures represent an increase of N80.90 billion or 16.39 percent when compared with N493.4 billion recorded in 2021.
He equally maintained that by generating such huge amount of money in just one year, is a modest achievement.
According to him, itherto the Tin Can Island Command ended the year, January to December 2022 with modest achievement in the area of Revenue Reneration, Trade Facilitation, Enforcement/Anti-smuggling among others.
He said such unprecedented achievement was possible only because of the Command”s constant rejigging of the existing measures geared toward sustaining the command’s revenue profile.
He however added that: “It is as well as utilisation of some disruptive strategic measures such as: periodic capacity building, reshuffling and redeployment of officers using the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis and implementation of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) valuation,” he said
Beyond the fear of generating N574.3 billion for just one year, 2023, Comptroller Olakunle Oloyede said his command also made serious impact by ensuring a robust and continuous stakeholder engagements and collaborations with all sister government agencies and maritime associations.
Accordingto him, these led to timely intelligence sharing, utilisation and voluntary compliance to government’s extant laws by the trading public,” Oloyede said.
He also pointed out that the command equally paid serious attention on the issue of surveillance on wrong declarations or improper declarations made by importers and their agents which were deliberately made to shortchange the Federal Government.
The Area Comptroller told the newsmen that Tin Can Island command recorded a total of 38 seizures with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N1.85 billion within the same period under review.
“These seizures, the CAC says, “comprise 763kgs of Colorado (Cannabis Sativa) weighing 345.1kg with a street market value of N714.6 million only as given by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), 5 x 40 containers of used motor tyre (5,060 pieces).
“Also among seized items are: 1,150 bales of second-hand clothing, 1,190 cartons of 20 per cartons of potassium bromate and baking powder, 11,392 cartons of 1,200 per carton Pharmacol injection chloroquine phosphate 322.5mg.5ml (IV and IM), 206,000 pieces of finished matchets.
“Also, 1,383 cartons of 50 rolls per carton of cigarettes, 650 cartons of 50 pieces per carton of new ladies shoes, 2,666 pieces in 36 pallets of new starter Ex-Premium Inverter Battery, 1,980 cartons of assorted non-alcoholic beverages and 1,048 cartons of Tilda basmati rice,” he said.
Others seizures, the command listed to include 2,594 pieces of ammunition and 20 pieces of arms comprising of one pistol with 611090 (S/W) model JCP 40mm, one used Co2 air pistol with accessories cal 117(4.5m)BM, one marksman repeater pistol, six Mace pepper gun and 10 suspected arms of various types.
Meanwhile, the CAC added that the seizures when compared with the 2021 record of 27 seizures with a Debit Note, DN of N607.27 only, shows an increase of 11 seizures and N1.24 billion.
He said that the increase in the DPV rate could be associated with increased surveillance and intensified anti-smuggling drive, high value of seized items and Naira depreciation that led to higher exchange rates on imported items.
“These prohibited items were seized and forfeited to the Federal Government in line with the provision of Sections 46 and 161 of the Customs & Excise Management Act (CEMA) Cap 45 LFN 2004 and Absolute Prohibition List of CET 2022- 2026.
“The command pertinently acknowledges the prominent roles played by the Customs Intelligence Unit, Valuation Unit, Federal Operations Unit, CGC Strike Force as well as interventions of Sister Regulatory Agencies like the NDLEA, Standards Organisation of Nigeria SON, the Nigeria Police and others in ensuring these seizures and detentions were made.
“A total of 60 suspects were detained in 2022 and were granted administrative bail while the command has 8 cases pending in court,” he said.
On export, the CAC said the command also recorded a significant increase in the Free On Board (FOB) of exports in the period under review to the tune of $589,696,648 (N242,365,322,333.00) as against the $496,075,796 (N141,985,109,159.00) recorded in 2021.
To him, this should be attributed to the increase of 34.4 percent on the FOB to high quality and value of exported commodities.
“However, the export report shows a decrease in tonnage of export from 1,723,986.8 in 2021 to 336,179.5 in 2022.
“The decrease in tonnage could be connected to current government fiscal policy which prohibited the export of wood and wood products as well as the global unrest with its concomitant economic challenges,” he said
While still giving more light on the issue of the Command”s export performance, he listed the commodities exported through the command to include: cocoa beans, insecticides, dried ginger, empty bottles, soya beans, cashew nuts, cigarettes, rubbers, cocoa butter, frozen shrimps, copper ingots, aluminum ingots, sesame seeds and other manufactured items.
“Cocoa beans was the highest exported commodity while the legend stout was the least exported commodity.
“The future of export in the command looks brighter as the command in line with the headquarter circular on Export Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) released a Port Order on the Command’s harmonised SOP for the seamless facilitation of Export Trade in strict compliance with Extant Laws and guidelines on Export,” he said.
He also appreciate all stakeholders and sister government agencies involved in the export chain with special commendation to the Nigeria Ports Authority(NPA) for seamless collaboration in facilitating the clearance process of export-related cargo at the command.
The CAC, admitted that these successes were only by the special grace of the Almighty God, who enabled them through His divine guidance and wisdom throughout the year 2022 to accomplish that.
He therefore attributed that this Command”s modest achievement is due to the fatherly support and encouragement from the indifagitable and amiable Comptroller General of Customs, CGC, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd.) and his management team, adding that such a fatherly support has been the boost and the tonic that the command needed to fly higher in it’s revenue drive