The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Port Harcourt Area ll Command, Onne Port, has generated N115.26 billion between January and June 2021.
The Customs Area Controller, Mr Auwal Mohammed, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Lagos.
The statement was signed by the spokesperson for the command, Mrs Ifeoma Ojekwu.
Mohammed said that the figure showed a remarkable difference when compared with N78.17 billion collected in the first half of 2021 and N46.67 billion in the same period of 2020.
“Further comparison indicates 147 per cent increase above the 2020 collection and 47 per cent increase above 2021 figure, showing differences of N37.09 billion and N68.59 billion for 2021 and 2020, respectively.
“Under my watch, the command’s revenue collection showed an upward progression on monthly basis resulting in the cumulative differences recorded for the three years juxtaposed,” he said.
On anti-smuggling and enforcement, Mohammed said that during the period under review the command made 28 seizures, comprising of nine containers, with a Duty Paid Valued of N531.39 million.
“This half year’s number of seizures is higher than 20 seizures made between January and June 2021,” he said.
Mohammed said that among the seized items were machetes brought into the country without end-user certificate, military wears, vegetable oil, whisky, soap and used clothing.
He said that other seizures recorded included used tyres, foreign parboiled rice, tomato paste, used vehicle parts and other items, either classified as prohibited or for which duty payment were being evaded.
On export, Mohammed said that a total of 876,775.60 metric tonnes with $495,384,221.99 free on board (FOB), value, translating to N203,969,499,562.18 and Nigeria Export Supervision Scheme (NESS) value of N1,075,060,914.52 were processed through the command in the period under review.
“The 2022 export statistics showed an improvement on the 2021 figures which is a fallout of my trade facilitation strategies .
“Comparatively, as of June 2021, the command processed 331,356.40 metric tonnes, with free on board (FOB) value of $141,422,075.87.
”The FOB value in naira was N58,229,125,518.73 with NESS value of N260,150,300.13,” he said.
Mohammed noted that the Federal Government had approved a Domestic Export Warehouse (DEW) at Onne.
He said that the DEW would enhance opportunities for exporters to process and package their exports, including packaging, while enjoying the seamlessness of export cargo warehouse in Onne directly to vessels.
“Due diligence by regulatory and government agencies functions, including Customs examination shall be conducted in the DEW facility and the command has aligned with ahead of it’s full take off,” he said.
Mohammed added that the revenue, seizure and export figures coming at the end of first half of the year attested to a good outcome from their efforts.
“Compliant traders are our partners in progress. Indeed, we as a service in this command will continue to lawfully support them .
“It is also expedient to appreciate other agencies of government for their cooperation, intelligence sharing and camaraderie in implementing government policies to enhance national security and economc interests,” he said.
The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) has reiterated deepened commitment to the promotion of the country’s non-oil export.
Mr Emmanuel Jime, Executive Secretary, NSC, said this when Dr Ezra Yakusak, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) led a team to visit him on Tuesday in Abuja.
Jime expressed the council’s readiness to partner with the NEPC to ensure compliance of trade rules by exporters and importers in the country.
”I am informed that there is a high level of non compliance to trade rules, now we think that this is actually a problem of both importers and exporters.
”So to address this challenge the NSC will like to collaborate with you to organise more enlightenment seminars and you have already called for it, so this is our acceptance of the need to have that partnership.
”And in doing this, we intend that there should be seminars so that exporters and importers can imbibe ethics of integrity in international trade.
”These are areas I think that partnership will lead us into developing and understanding.
”The NSC is fully committed, I want to promise you this, to support all measures towards promoting non-oil export in Nigeria.
”And in this regard, we are ready to synergise and collaborate with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council to be able to achieve this,” he said.
On the Domestic Export Warehouse (DEW), Jime explained that it was the council’s duty in collaboration with critical agencies to develop the standard operating procedures for the warehouse.
”We think we also need to provide guiedlines for setting of tarrif for the operation of the export warehouses,” he said.
Jime advocated the usage of the inland dryport as part of the domestic warehouses.
He said the council would create a level playing field for ports service providers, users and exporters.
”We intend to remain fair in our activities.
”We are unbiased and we think it’s our job to ensure that decisions taken in the ports sector are arrived at true consultations with all the stakeholders.”
Jime granted the request of Yakusak to assign some officers of the NSC to join the NEPC team in a walk aimed at sensitising Nigerians on the need to massively invest in the non-oil sector on May 13.
Earlier, the NEPC boss commended the NSC’s efforts and collaboration aimed towards repositioning the non-oil sector of the country.
While also commending shippers council for the role they were playing on the DEW project, Yakusat appealed that a desk officer be assigned as liaison on the DEW matters and project.
”I also want to request that an officer be specifically assigned as liaison on the domestic export warehouse matters and project.
”This will ensure smooth interface between operators of the project and exporters as well as speedy or smooth take off of the project.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the DEW initiative, when fully implemented, will curb logistic constraints in the non-oil sector.