By Oko Ebuka
The Tin-Can Island Customs of Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, has generated a total of N179.2bn in the first six months and ten days of 2019 as against N172.5bn collected in the corresponding period of 2018, representing an increase of about 4 percent.
According to the half year report from the command, signed by the Customs Area Comptroller, CAC, Comptroller Musa B.A., which was disclosed to Vanguard Maritime Report through the Command’s Public Relations Officer, PRO, Superintendent Customs Uche Ejieseme, showed that the Command has achieved 52.28 percent of their total annual revenue target.
In his comments, Comptroller Musa said that efforts to eschew bureaucracy and other barriers in trade value chain will remain the utmost priority of the Command.
According to him, “our ultimate aim is not just to key into the presidential directives on ease of doing business which is in line with world customs organization, WCO, Trade Facilitation Agenda but to be seen as being at the vanguard”, he said.
He further appreciated the efforts of various stakeholders playing important roles in ensuring that the policy on the ease of doing business becomes a thing of reality.
“The command would like to appreciate the support and collaboration of Partner Government Agencies such as Standard organization of Nigeria, SON, and National Agency for Food, Drugs, Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Nigerian Police Force, NPF, Quarantine, National Environmental Standard and Regulation Enforcement Agency, NESREA, Importers, Agents and other critical stakeholders including the press in this onerous task of nation building.
“The command wishes to reiterate its commitment towards realizing and even surpassing the revenue target for 2019 as we urge our esteemed stakeholders and officers to rise up to this challenge”, he concluded.
The Command also made a seizure of five 40 feet and four 20 feet containers respectively, with various items such as, cartons of tramadol, fairly used tyres and rims, bags of foreign rice, and other items with a total Duty Paid Value, DPV of N1.1bn.