Tincan Customs rakes in N274.3 billion as revenue in six months, records 73% increase in export


The Tincan Island command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has said that it collected the sum of N274,320,715,179.22 as revenue for the federal government between January and June 2022.

The Customs Area Controller of the command, Comptroller Adekunle Oloyede who disclosed this in a press briefing at the command headquarters in Lagos on Friday observed that the amount represented 27.50% increase when compared with the N229,321,865,091.16 collected within the corresponding period in 2021.

Oloyede pointed out that the command witnessed an increase in export activities for the first half of the 2022 fiscal year adding that it recorded an outward throughput in export cargo to the tune of 138,246 metric tons representing an increase of 73% from 100,500 metric tons recorded in 2021 with Free On Board (FOB) value of N100,447,304,814.00.

He noted that the amount represented an increase of 60% from N66,294,630,421.00 recorded in the 2021 fiscal year.

The CAC commended the Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) for it’s seamless collaboration with the command in facilitating the clearance process of export related cargo at Tincan Port command.

Speaking on Enforcement and Anti-smuggling activities of the command, the Tincan Customs helmsman stated that various seizures and detentions were made during the period under review including: 145kg of Colorado (Indian Hemp) concealed in 2 units of Ridgeline trucks and 2 units of Toyota Corolla vehicles, 206,000 pieces of matchetes, 640 bales of used clothes, 236,500 pieces of used shoes, 62,500 pieces of new ladies’ shoes, 1,670,400 pieces of Chloroquine injections (5mg/ml), 1,814,400 pieces of Novalgin injections (500mg/ml), 48,850 rolls of cigarettes and 23,800 tins of sodium bromate & baking powder.

He further disclosed that other detentions made within the period included 3,303 pieces of motor batteries found in 3 containers falsely declared as 3 units of used Toyota Hiace buses, 4 units of used Mack truck heads, 1 unit of Mercedes Benz GL450 2008 model and 1 unit of used 2011 Toyota 4Runner.

“We handed over one (1) suspect, one (1) arm pistol gun, two (2) empty magazines and 300 rounds of ammunition to the DSS for further action. The import of the seizures and items detained contravened Sections 46, 47 & 161 of the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) Cap 45 LFN 2004. The Duty Paid Value of the total seizures amounted to N1,301,901,685.12.

“It is important to acknowledge the critical role played by the Customs Intelligence Unit, the Valuation Unit, Customs Strike Force, FOU as well as interventions by sister regulatory agencies such as NDLEA, NAFDAC, DSS, SON, the Nigeria Police Force and others in making these seizures and detentions”, he said.

On trade facilitation, Comptroller Oloyede explained that the command continued to provide a conducive environment for trade through continuous engagement and collaboration with relevant stakeholders and regulatory agencies of government.

He also informed that the dispute settlement structure of the command aligned with the provisions of the Import Duty mechanisms outlined in paragraph H subparagraph 8 of the Import Procedure and Documentation Requirements which allowed an importer to take delivery of his cargo in the case of persistent dispute after securing a bank bond, the total duty and taxes payable on the item being disputed.

Photo: Comptroller Adekunle Oloyede, Customs Area Controller, Tincan Island port command.

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