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NPA: Bello-Koko urges UK to Quit negative Labelling of Nigerian Export

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17 ships with assorted goods expected at Lagos ports – NPA

Mohammed Bello-Koko, NPA Managing Director

… Says it’s borne out of preconceived hostile perception, not quality of exports***

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Managing Director, Mr Mohammed Bello- Koko has urged the British government to address the negative labelling and rejection of exports from Nigeria by the United Kingdom (UK) as it is born of a preconceived hostile perception of Nigeria, rather than in the quality of those exports.

Bello-Koko made this call while receiving the UK Minister for Export, Mr Mike Freer MP who was in Nigeria last week on trade facilitation and visited the Lagos Port Complex (LPC).

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The MD who was represented by the Executive Director- Operations, Hon. Onari Brown said that Nigeria expects a commitment to the tenets of trade facilitation and so reports of goods being rejected because of their Nigerian origin is unpleasant.

Executive Director- Operations, Hon. Onari Brown

He highlighted that the Nigerian government is on an export drive and has recently licensed 10 export terminals for swift transactions.

“We handle imports and exports.

Now we are diversifying our economy from oil and we are glad to receive you at this time when we are looking in that direction.

As partners in progress, we expect a lot from you.

We are open to knowing areas we are supposed to improve upon to improve our export drive.

“We have made some strides in the area of exports, we just licensed about 10 export terminals, a kind of one-stop centre where all documentation from relevant agencies take place and the consignment is good to go”, Onari Brown said.

Taking the Minister and his team through a rundown of operations at the premier port, the Port Manager, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Olotu stated that NPA has mapped out a portion of the Lilypond Transit Park as an Export Consolidation bay for the port and provided structures and systems to shorten trade process and ensure goods arrive their ports of destination in the best shape.

“Post Brexit at your end, post-COVID globally, the visit is quite timely. We already have in place structures and systems for goods leaving Nigeria to arrive at other places in topmost conditions but as my MD highlighted in his speech, we are beginning to have situations where our exporters need to remove our national brand and identity as Nigerians to take on the identity of a fellow West African country for our goods to be accepted in the UK.

“NPA Management has earmarked Lilypond as an export consolidation bay.

We are working on minimizing export processes along the trade value chain”, the Port Manager stated.

Olotu advocated that exports from Nigeria should not be treated with any reputational bias, to enable the country to earn due recognition and value for her trade initiatives in the UK.

The Customs Zone ‘A’ Coordinator of the Nigeria Customs Service, ACG Adeyanju Modupe Aremu who was also present at the meeting explained that the ongoing automation of trade processes by the Service would address issues of delays and place more accurate timelines on activities leading to the clearing of cargoes at the ports.

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Mrs. Olufunmilayo Olotu, Apapa Port Manager

She disclosed that the Service would be installing a scanner at the Lagos Port Complex before the end of the year.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Commander at the port, Mr. Inalegwu Ameh assured the Minister of the readiness of the organization to support and share intelligence where the need arises.

Addressing stakeholders, Minister Freer said he takes away from the visit “the real drive for modernization to ensure the ports in Nigeria are amongst the best in the world, in the global economy.

That is investment in modernization both for the customer and also to ensure revenue protection is captured is absolutely crucial and I am taking away the level of commitment and energy from the government here is really quite outstanding.

The UK will do all we can to assist the government meets their objectives.”

He described the port as a thriving port stating that “ across the globe basically in all the ports, the real pressure points is getting container ships in, getting them offloaded, getting them out and I think the government drive at digitalization will make sure that Nigerian ports really are world leaders at getting goods in and out as fast as possible but also speaking as a government minister, making sure to capture the right revenue that the government is entitled to.”

 

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Tincan Customs Command Generates N574.3bn Revenue In 2022

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Tincan Customs Command Generates N574.3bn Revenue In 2022

…Figures represent an increase of N80.90bn over N493.4bn of 2021***

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Tin Can Island Port Command, generated revenue of N574.3 billion in 2022.

The Customs Area Controller (CAC), Tin Can Island Port Command, Comptroller Olakunle Oloyede, disclosed this at a news conference on Friday in Lagos.

Oloyede said the figure represented an increase of N80.90 billion or 16.39 percent when compared with N493.4 billion recorded in 2021.

“This feat can be attributed to the constant rejigging of the existing measures geared toward sustaining the command’s revenue profile.

“It is as well as utilisation of some disruptive strategic measures such as: periodic capacity building, reshuffling and redeployment of officers using the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis and implementation of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) valuation,” he said.

Tincan Customs Command Generates N574.3bn Revenue In 2022

He noted that the command also ensured robust and continuous stakeholder engagements and collaborations with all sister government agencies and maritime associations.

“These led to timely intelligence sharing, utilisation and voluntary compliance to government’s extant laws by the trading public,” Oloyede said.

He added that the command increased surveillance on declarations made in order to sniff out improper declarations as well as offending items.

He pointed out that the system paid off with the command recording a total of 38 seizures with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N1.85 billion.

“These seizures comprise 763kgs of Colorado (Cannabis Sativa) weighing 345.1kg with a street market value of N714.6 million only as given by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), 5 x 40 containers of used motor tyre (5,060 pieces).

“Also among seized items are: 1,150 bales of second-hand clothing, 1,190 cartons of 20 per cartons of potassium bromate and baking powder, 11,392 cartons of 1,200 per carton Pharmacol injection chloroquine phosphate 322.5mg.5ml (IV and IM), 206,000 pieces of finished matchets.

“Also, 1,383 cartons of 50 rolls per carton of cigarettes, 650 cartons of 50 pieces per carton of new ladies shoes, 2,666 pieces in 36 pallets of new starter Ex-Premium Inverter Battery, 1,980 cartons of assorted non-alcoholic beverages and 1,048 cartons of Tilda basmati rice,” he said.

Oloyede listed others as 2,594 pieces of ammunition and 20 pieces of arms comprising of one pistol with 611090 (S/W) model JCP 40mm, one used Co2 air pistol with accessories cal 117(4.5m)BM, one marksman repeater pistol, six Mace pepper gun and 10 suspected arms of various types.

He said that the seizures when compared with the 2021 record of 27 seizures with a Debit Note of N607.27 only, show an increase of 11 seizures and N1.24 billion.

He said that the increase in the DPV rate could be associated with increased surveillance and intensified anti-smuggling drive, high value of seized items and Naira depreciation that led to higher exchange rates on imported items.

“These prohibited items were seized and forfeited to the Federal Government in line with the provision of Sections 46 and 161 of the Customs & Excise Management Act (CEMA) Cap 45 LFN 2004 and Absolute Prohibition List of CET 2022- 2026.

“The command pertinently acknowledges the prominent roles played by the Customs Intelligence Unit, Valuation Unit, Federal Operations Unit, CGC Strike Force as well as interventions of Sister Regulatory Agencies like the NDLEA, Standards Organisation of Nigeria SON, the Nigeria Police and others in ensuring these seizures and detentions were made.

“A total of 60 suspects were detained in 2022 and were granted administrative bail while the command has 8 cases pending in court,” he said.

Oloyede said the command recorded a significant increase in the Free On Board (FOB) of exports in the period under review to the tune of $589,696,648 (N242,365,322,333.00) as against the $496,075,796 (N141,985,109,159.00) recorded in 2021.

He attributed the increase of 34.4 percent on the FOB to high quality and value of exported commodities.

“However, the export report shows a decrease in tonnage of export from 1,723,986.8 in 2021 to 336,179.5 in 2022.

“The decrease in tonnage could be connected to current government fiscal policy which prohibited the export of wood and wood products as well as the global unrest with its concomitant economic challenges,” he said

He listed the commodities exported through the command to include: cocoa beans, insecticides, dried ginger, empty bottles, soya beans, cashew nuts, cigarettes, rubbers, cocoa butter, frozen shrimps, copper ingots, aluminum ingots, sesame seeds and other manufactured items.

“Cocoa beans was the highest exported commodity while the legend stout was the least exported commodity.

“The future of export in the command looks brighter as the command in line with the headquarter circular on Export Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) released a Port Order on the Command’s harmonised SOP for the seamless facilitation of Export Trade in strict compliance with Extant Laws and guidelines on Export,” he said.

He thanked all stakeholders and sister government agencies involved in the export chain with special commendation to the Nigeria Ports Authority for seamless collaboration in facilitating the clearance process of export-related cargo at the command.

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Ibrahim takes over at PTML Customs, Tasks Officers on Discipline

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Ibrahim takes over at PTML Customs, Tasks Officers on Discipline

 Comptroller Ali Mahmoud Ibrahim took over as Customs Area Controller of Port Terminal Multiservices Limited (PTML) Command on Tuesday from Compt. Suleiman Bomai who was recently promoted to acting ACG. 

While taking over, Ibrahim charged officers and stakeholders to sustain their level of discipline and improve on revenue collection.

Describing discipline as key to other virtues of productivity like honesty, punctuality and dedication to duty, he expressed confidence in achieving a higher collection of duty.

The new Area Controller was optimistic that with the maximum support of his lieutenants, other government agencies and port users, revenue increase is achievable. 

Ibrahim solicited the cooperation of terminal operators, importers, agents and other stakeholders in achieving the service objectives which include revenue collection, suppression of smuggling and trade facilitation.

He commended his predecessor, Acting Assistant Comptroller General Suleiman Bomai for his excellent achievement and expressed willingness to always consult with him whenever the need arises.

Comptroller Ibrahim thanked the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali, CFR and the management team for the appointment, with a pledge to work in line with the service rules. 

Before formally handing over, Ag. ACG Bomai described Comptroller Ibrahim as an experienced officer vast with three notable attributes.

According to Bomai, Comptroller Ibrahim has been well exposed in administration having spent a good number of years at the NCS headquarters in Abuja; excellent in revenue collection with experience from different commands of the service and uncompromising in enforcement.

The Acting ACG advised all customs officers in PTML, sister agencies and the port users to extend the cooperation and industrial harmony he enjoyed to the new Area Controller.

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President Buhari To Commission Multi-Billion Naira Dala Inland Dry Port Monday- Ahmad Rabiu

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President Buhari To Commission Multi-Billion Naira Dala Inland Dry Port Monday- Ahmad Rabiu

President Muhammad Buhari will on Monday 31st January 2023,  commission the Dala International Inland Dry Port at Zawachiki in Kumbotso local government area of Kano state.

The Managing Director, Ahmad Rabiu stated this while addressing newsmen on the preparation for the inauguration of the port at its headquarters in Kano.

Ahmad Rabiu who was joined by the chairman of the inland dry port Alhaji Abubakar Sahabu Bawuro said its the first international inland dry port where cargoes will go anywhere in the world from Kano State, without follow-up to any Seaports across Nigeria.

Ahmad Rabiu told newsmen that the federal government under President Muhammad Buhari has given all the support required for the take up noting that they have met the requirement on infrastructure and other critical amenities.

The MD said the stacking area has the capacity of containing 20 thousand units of containers before moving anywhere at any time noting that the area covers 6 hectares of land and the management is willing to add more.

According to Ahmad Rabiu all the requirements needed for clearance by businessmen,customs duty will be done right from Kano without follow-up to any seaport in Nigeria.

On his part the chairman of Dala Inland Dry Port, Alhaji Abubakar Sahabu Bawuro said the port is prepared technically, and physically with interested partners and is going to boost businesses in Kano, Nigeria and Africa in general; and urged members of the press to partner with the management in ensuring efficiency emphasizing that the place is not a monument but a business venture.

The chairman said Dala Inland Dry Port is now a solution to the problems brought about by the seaports and they will introduce cargo tracking and door-to-door delivery of goods and services.

He said the success of the inland dry port is a joint venture between the state government, business community, regulatory agencies and Federal Government of Nigeria and to make business in Kano and its neighborhood more competitive.

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