Onne Customs generates N242bn in 2022

Onne Customs generates N242bn in 2022

By Chiazo Ogbolu, Lagos.

 

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Onne Area ll Command, has generated N242 billion in 2022.

 

The Customs Area Controller, Auwal Mohammed, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Lagos.

 

Mohammed noted that the command’s revenue collection had been on the increase since his assumption of duty in 2020.

 

He said that the command generated N119 billion in 2020 and N188.7 billion in 2021.

 

“I attribute the collection of N242 billion as total revenue for 2022 to regular stakeholders’ engagement, increased compliance level of the port users and non-compromise, on the part of his officers.

 

“The command engaged its stakeholders regularly on the need to abide by extant laws guiding import and export.

 

“Periodic meetings with importers, exporters, terminal operators, licensed customs agents and freight forwarders afforded the command the opportunity of regularly enlightening them on the import and export prohibitions,” he said.

 

Mohammed said that trade in unprocessed wood and charcoal, which fell under export prohibition, had been regularly brought to the knowledge of all concerned parties, with emphasis on the fact that ignorance of the law could not be an excuse for violation of the law.

 

The area controller, who lauded the stakeholders for their commendable compliance level, urged them to sustain and improve on it.

 

On the anti smuggling initiatives, Mohammed said that the command made some seizures in 2022.

 

He said that the feat was achieved through meticulous 100-per-cent physical examination of cargoes.

 

“Antics by smugglers to conceal prohibited items by hiding them at the end of containers, with the hope that customs officers won’t get to the end during examination, failed, as all such concealments were uncovered and seized.

 

“The seizures made comprise machetes brought into the country without an end-user certificate, military wears, vegetable oil, whisky, soap, and used clothing.

 

“Other seizures include used tyres, foreign parboiled rice, tomato paste, used vehicle parts and other items, either classified as prohibited or for which duty payments were being evaded,” he said.

 

Mohammed said that the command recorded a remarkable increase in export, worth N2.71 billion collected under the Nigeria Export Supervision Scheme (NESS).

 

He said that the 2022 figure was over 300 per cent higher than the N881.01 million figure recorded in 2021.

 

“The NESS fee is a statutory payment to the Federal Government on all legitimate goods exported from Nigeria,” he said.

 

Mohammed said that the export items were mainly agricultural produce such as sesame seeds, ginger, hibiscus flower (zobo) and palm produce.

 

“The command’s export profile is being supported by the Domestic Export Warehouse Terminal initiative, put in place by the Federal Government to ease the processing of export cargoes on transit to shipment stage.

 

“For trade facilitation and ease of cargo examination, the command received a mobile scanner that is being fully installed and will be connected to the Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS II) for synchronising,” he said.

 

Mohammed said that the examination capacity of the command would increase from 200 and 300 to 300 and 350 containers daily when the scanner became functional.

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