Customs records N68. 7 bn in Onne Port

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ALH. INDE DIKKO ABDULLAHI, COMPTROLLER GENERAL OF CUSTOMS.

… Also impound Six containers with DPV N71. 2m  

The Nigeria Customs Service may have recorded in Onne, Rivers State, a total of N68.7 billion between January and September this year, beating a corresponding period of 2013 by over N7 billion.

Popularly called the Port Harcourt Area 2, the Onne Command also recorded noteworthy seizures, ranging from football, choice lace materials, pistons, turbo chargers to dry cell batteries.

“Within the period under review, the command collected a total sum of N68,684,698,903.74; as compared to N61,013,422,930.56 generated between the same period of 2013. It is worthy to mention that an increase of N7,671,275,973.20 was recorded”, the Onne Customs Area Controller, H. K. Gummi disclosed, crediting the achievement of the feat, to the successful operation of the Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR),.

“The new revenue collection procedure under the PAAR regime, made possible by the Comptroller General of Customs, aimed at trade facilitation assisted in no small measure to bring an improvement to the command’s revenue profile.

“It is my belief that the present revenue profile can still be improved upon, if the present bad road leading to the port is attended to”, Gummi stated further, while pleading that the command be linked to the national grid, to relieve their total operations being dependent on generators, as such could come with a positive multiplier effect, on revenue generation.

Responding to a question on smuggling, the CAC said the command’s anti-smuggling drive made a total of six seizures, consisting of a 40 feet container, and five 20 footer containers, with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N71. 2 million, alongside a suspect.

He gladly remarked that whereas the command in 2013 recorded in July N8.2 billion; August N7. 9 billion and in September only N7 billion; figures this year showed an encouraging performance of N7. 8 billion; August N8.7 billion and in September a whooping N10 .3 billion.

The Maritime First learnt that some of the items impounded included 20 bales of velvet lace materials, 20 bales of choice lace materials, 700 units of football, five cartons of pistons, 50 cartons of dry charger batteries, 10 cartons of sledge hammers, bags of rice and cartons of turbo charger pumps.

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