By Jerry Aguigbo
The Nigeria Customs Service, Tin Can Island Customs Command
through its Public Relations Unit announced a gargantuan revenue collection for the year 2021, which amounted to =N=493,754,017,176.81 exceeding the 2021 Federal Government (FG) revenue target of =N=350,064,600,000.00. by =N=143billion (41.05%). This figure according to our source, also indicates an improvement in revenue generation by =N=107,991,549,315.00 (28%) from =N=385,762,467,861.35 revenue generated in FY2020.
In the area of trade facilitation, a new terminal, Classic III Bonded Terminal was opened under Tincan Island Command improving the cargo throughput and revenue collection of the Command.
According to the statement, in the year under review, a total of 30,441 containers were transferred under the fast track , 58, 234 containers and vehicles were approved for transit from the Mother Port to Bonded Terminals. With the successful implementation of a Standard Operational Procedure (S.O.P.) on barge movement, 36,496 containers were transported form Tincan Island Port Command through the waterways by barge to Bonded Terminals and Free Trade Zone.
Additionally, rating of the compliance monitoring activities show that compliance levels improved significantly. Out of 166,903 SGDs registered in 2021, there were 2,484(1.5%) interventions. This shows an enhanced compliance rating of about 63.4% and an improvement from the 2019 compliance rating of 15,295 (9.4%) out of 162,110 SGDs registered.
In the area of Enforcement/Anti-smuggling , the statement shows that the Tin Can Island Customs Command in collaboration with NDLEA, made a seizure of cocaine with a net weight of 43.110kg concealed in 40 bags of raw sugar packaged in bulk aboard the vessel MV SPAR SCORPIO. Twenty suspects and the vessel were detained in connection with the seizure; however, the Command was directed to handover the casefile, vessel and suspects to National Drug Law Enforcement Agency according to Standard Operational Procedures. Another
seizure was also made of two (2) automatic rifles with 164 rounds of live ammunition which were intercepted in a 1x40ft container MEDU 49022/5. They have since been handed over to the DSS.
Additionally, a total of 151 containers made of 149 (40ft), 2 (20ft) and 9 uncontainerized cargo were intercepted and seized by the enforcement team with a total Duty Payable Value (DPV) of =N=607,348,617.00.
In terms of Export, the total of tonnage of goods exported through Tincan island Port for the year under review is One Million, Seven Hundred and Twenty Three Thousand, Nine Hundred and Eighty-Six Metric Tonnes (1,725,987.02MT) with a total F.O.B. value of One Hundred and Forty-One Billion, Nine Hundred and Eighty-Five Million, One Hundred and Nine Thousand, One Hundred and Fifty-Nine Naira Only (=N=141,985,109,159.00).
Although efforts have been made by the Federal Government, NPA and the Nigeria Customs Service to mitigate the challenges of infrastructure and logistics through major repairs of the port access roads, a more organised exit and entry system for cargo trucks as well as the provision and installation of scanners at the ports respectively, we hope that these effort will be sustained to create a more user-friendly sea port that matches international standards and enables the facilitation of legitimate trade.
“In the coming year, FY2022, and with the approval and implementation of the e-Customs project and its content of digitisation of all customs processes and procedures, the Command’s projection will include improved performance in the areas of revenue collection, facilitation of legitimate trade, enhance the capacity and skills of officers and men of the Command as we continue to work in line with the CGC’s agenda to Reform, Restructure and Increase Revenue collection,” the CAC enthused.