As Tin Can Customs recorded 45,462MT of export in Q1
By Gboyega Oni
The Customs Area Controller, Tin Can Island Port Command, Nigeria Customs Service, Comptroller Abdullahi Musa has commended the federal government initiative on export especially agricultural commodities, saying it has begun to yield positive result with 45,462 metric tonnes of goods exported through the port between January to March 2018.
Comptroller Musa gave the commendation while addressing the press on the activities of the command in the first quarter of the year, in Lagos yesterday.
According to the Controller, agricultural produce topped the list with 38,517MT of cashew nut, rubber, hibiscus flower, cocoa butter, sesame seed, processed wood, frozen shrimps and processed leather were exported. Their FOB value stood at N22.435 billion while 6,945MT of processed and manufactured goods were exported during the same period with FOB value stood at N6.711 billion.
The finished goods exported were – empty bottles, biscuit, cigarette, polyethylene, billets, soap, hair cream and tissue paper.
Comparing the export record of the command in the first quarter of 2018 with 2017, Musa said there was an appreciable improvement of 558.46% in terms of volume and 402.24% in terms of FOB value over 8,140.6MT with FOB of N7.246 billion processed in the same period in 2017.
Under the same period, the command generated a sum of N104.5 billion as against a projection of N116 billion, with a performance rate of 90.09%. In the same period in 2017, the command generated N82.154 billion.
Speaking on the revenue performance, the CAC attributed the feat to the establishment of standard operating procedure, blocking of areas of revenue leakages and transformation of revenue collection and reporting system.
‘Tin Can Island Command is committed to the transformation of our revenue collection and reporting system with the implementation of NICIS II with additional functionality which is an upgrade of the NICIS I,’ he said, adding ‘as part of the specific gains with the implementation we have the biometric access system and introduction of a ‘one-stop shop’ which will enable treatment of declarations with valuations, classification and other related clearance issues/queries.’
He said the automation of the cargo examination in the port is designed to ensure transparency in the inspection and there is a further improvement on the vehicle valuation system with the attachment of the Valuation Note issued to the SGD in the system.
‘This will enable a quick verification of assessment and duty payment. Ultimately the full automation of the vehicle valuation will soon be achieved,’ said he.
To quicken cargo clearance in the port, the Customs boss said his administration has intensified effort under the Federal Government Presidential Initiative on Ease of Doing Business to improve cargo clearance as some goods are being cleared from the port within six hours.
Comptroller Musa further informed that the command seized two containers (1by40 and 1by20) of Tramadol Hydrochloride (225mg) which were declared as electrical static converters and Ciprofloxacin. These were handed over to NAFDAC.
Other seizures were 3by40 containers of e-waste handed over to NESREA; 5by40 containers of second hand clothing and 1by40 container of used tyres. These seized items are prohibited.
According to the CAC, the total duty paid value of the items was N124 million.