How Customs made N950b in 11 months, by comptroller

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The Nigeria Customs Service generated N950.1 billion between January and November.

The Comptroller, Apapa Area Command, Charles Edike, who  gave the figure at the inauguration of the Executive Council of the Maritime Reporters’ Association of Nigeria (MARAN) at Apapa, Lagos,said it is a 23. 4 percent increase on Lagos, last year’s figure of N769.3 billion.

He said Customs saved N36.9 billion from the one  percent Comprehensive Import Supervision Scheme (CISS) charges on import hitherto paid to service providers since it took over the Destination Inspection Scheme last December.

On the impact of the Pre Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR) on the economy, Edike said Customs has overcome the challenges, receiving 201,330 requests for PAAR. Of the figure, 188,424  have been released and 108,169  uplifted with a total Cost Insurance and Freight (CIF) of N5.6 trillion.

He  said  the new clearance procedure has not only increased  the revenue profile of the Service but   helped in reducing cost and time of clearance of goods at the ports.

Edike said the Service has gained the recognition of the World Customs Organisation because of the successes it recorded since the introduction of PAAR, thus, according it a model organisation status among Customs administrations.

He, however, noted that the biggest challenge of the new clearance procedure is lack of compliant  to trade regulations by importers as a total of 14, 259 PAAR have so far been rejected.

He said the non compliant status of importers is the reason why some PAAR documents are queried.

“The biggest challenge is about compliance. Your PAAR will not be queried so long as you are transparent and don’t cut corners. But when you want to cut corners, your PAAR will be queried because the system is robust enough,” Edike said.

Also speaking, representative of the Comptroller General, Controller KLT command, Comptroller Frances Enwereuzor, while congratulating the new executives, said the role of the media in the development of the maritime sector is important  hence it must be discharged with great sense of responsibility and dedication to duty.  She urged the executives to continue to promote the existing relationship between the Service and the association.

In her speech, President of the association, Mrs. Ifeyinwa Obi noted that the industry is beset with various challenges, including the traffic gridlock along the port access road which require urgent attention from the government.

She said the association in fulfilling its responsibility through wide reportage, will continue to work with other stakeholders to proffer solution to the challenges.

She promised to continue to sustain the valuable leadership style of her predecessor, Mr. Bolaji Akinola.  Meanwhile, the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone “C” Owerri, of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS,) recorded another major breakthrough in the onslaught against smuggling of contraband frozen poultry in the country.Two trucks loaded with  685 cartons of frozen poultry with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N30, 595,050.00 concealed in 4,400 cartons of La’casera apple drinks and  50 bags of locally made animal feeds were impounded by the eagle eyed officers and men of the Nigeria Customs FOU Zone ‘C’ on the Asaba/Onitsha and Calabar axis respectively.

The Customs Area Controller of the unit,Dimka Victor David, told The Nation  that a Renault trailer truck was used by the smugglers to conceal 450 cartons of the imported frozen poultry with the 4,400 cartons of Lacasera apple drinks, while a Mercedes Benz truck with number plate XU 465 PHC was used to conceal 235 cartons of the imported poultry with 50 bags of locally made animal feeds.

Dimka, who decried the incalculable harm being inflicted on the nation’s economy as a result of unabated smuggling of prohibited products into the country, warned those still involved in the act to desist forthwith or  have themselves to blame if arrested.

“We will continue to make this zone very hot and uncomfortable for smugglers to remain in business and we are not mincing words about this.—The Nation

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