Half year report: Nigeria Customs collects N68.0 billion on beer, spirit, others

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A total of N68,015,808,146.61 as excise levy was collected by the Nigeria Customs Service on beer, spirits and other alcoholic beverages, cigarettes and tobacco among other products from January to June, 2022.

The Customs said that in the same month of June, it collected one billion Naira from extant traders producing carbonated and sugary drinks newly added under schedule 5 of the CET.

In a statement, Deputy Comptroller Timi Bomodi, who is the Public Relations Officer of the Customs, disclosed this while announcing that the Customs between January and June 2022 generated N1, 292,904,201,376.89 into the federation account as against the sum of =N=1,003,540,084,590.16 for the corresponding period in 2021.

Bomodi said that the amount surpassed N289,364,116,786.73 or 28.83% collected in the same period in 2021. “This is even more remarkable given the fact that only 116,691 Pre-Arrival Assessment Reports (PAARs) were issued against 129,667 processed in the same period of 2021.”

He added that N156,315,758,646.18 was also generated into the non-federation account as collections made on behalf of other government agencies.

The Customs’ spokesman informed that other revenues from telecommunication (call and data), and digital network services are yet to be collected. “NCS is expected to start collecting revenue on these products and services as soon as the modalities for collection are put in place. Duties from these revenue sources are expected to boost our collections in the current year,” he said.

According to him, of the 42 Free Trade zones in Nigeria only 25 are active, with 15 of them operating in Zone ‘A’, 4 in Zone ‘B’, 5 in Zone ‘C’ and 1 in Zone ‘D’. “In addition to providing employment opportunities for Nigerians, these Special Economic Zones are expected to engender the transfer of technology, help build local capacity, provide viable market for other local producers of raw materials and increase the quality of goods which can potentially be available in the local market on the payment of relevant duties and taxes,” Bomodi noted.

On enforcement and anti-smuggling, Bomodi said “There have been remarkable interventions in the anti-smuggling activities of the Service. In the period under review various goods with a total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of =N=39,174,678,983.00 were seized due to regulatory and policy infringements. The top seven items seized are narcotics and other illicit drugs with a DPV of =N=8,768,311,517.00, followed by foreign parboiled rice with a DPV of =N=8,251,353,292.00, and illegal imports of dangerous pharmaceuticals with a DPV of =N=7,630,764,524.00. Other items are used clothing with a DPV of =N=4,051,244,924.00, petroleum products with a DPV of =N= 3,698,181,138.00, textiles and made up fabrics with a DPV of =N=2,561,361,989.00 and motor vehicles with a DPV of =N=1,853,084,115.00. The DPV value of seizures in the current year exceeds that of seizures made in 2021 by a whopping =N=34,752,130,003.00.”

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