. Nets high Profile Seizures of Illicit
The Kirikiri Lighter Terminal Area Command has recorded an increase of 38 percent in its revenue generation amist several other successes in the first half of the year 2022.
Presenting its quarterly report to Journalists, the KLT Command CAC, Compt. Hammi Julian Swomen said
the command has recorded a significant monthly upsurge in the revenue generation profile aggregating to a total sum of 23.6 billion from January to June 2022, thereby surpassing the 14.6 billion generated from January to June 2021 with a surplus of 8,940,941,341.00 which represents a 38% increase in revenue collected in the first half of the year.
The command made seizures of 02 X 40ft containers laden with restricted/prohibited drugs such as cough syrup with codeine and Hyergra with a duty paid value of 212,775,950.00. Within the period under review, the command also made seizures of;
1 X 40ft container of 795 packages of prohibited footwear (falsely declared as water taps and closets)
1 X 40ft container of 1,447 packages of prohibited mosquito coils and other items (falsely declared as non woven paper filter).
These importations with a DPV of *#271,963,311.00* contravene items Nos. 22 and 17 respectively in Schedule 3 of the Common External Tariff (CET), Swomen stated.
Reeling out a number of achieve ments made by his Command, the Area Controller said his Command saw an Upsurge in its
revenue profile by over 38% when compared to the same period in 2021, amongst others listed below:
Reactivation of one moribund terminal (J/OLIZ Bonded Terminal). It also witnessed Increased compliance, increased cargo throughput and
approval of Export Processing Terminals in the command.
He listed as reasons for the level success attained as;
Support from the Comptroller-General of Customs and the Management of the Nigeria Customs Service,
effective collaboration and synergy between the command, other Government and relevant security agencies on the one hand and sister commands, units and stakeholders on the other.
Also, implementation of the Federal Government’s policies on trade facilitation,
regular engagement with stakeholders,
re-energized conflict resolution mechanism and
proper and joint examination with other Government and relevant security agencies.
However, the KLT Command did not achieve all these without drawbacks.
The slide in the exchange rate of the Naira against the US dollar and other international currencies negatively affected the volume of imports,
the continuing constraints of the port access and exit for cargoes,
the Russia-Ukraine war has also had several knock-off effects on the economies of countries and international trade/import and export and Nigeria and the NCS were not insulated from this.
For the second half of the year 2022, the command has various plans to improve its performance, some of which are as follows;
Introduction of training programmes for officers and men of the command on investigation, risk analysis, enforcement duties, CEMA, etc.
Utilization of risk management techniques to detect instances of non-compliance and blocking of all revenue loopholes.
Continuous engagement with stakeholders. The Kirikiri Lighter Terminal Command is also working to increase the number of terminals as it is currently processing fresh applications for new terminals.
Looking to increase cargo throughput and also increase the level of compliance.
On the later part of 2022, officers and men of the Command have been charged to be on their toes, as well as to be more productive, disciplined and professional.