The Nigeria Customs Service, Ports and Terminal Multservices Limited (PTML) Command, Lagos, has rendered its 2021 first-quarter performance and stated that it collected a sum of N46,850,639,870 into the coffers of the government within the period.
This revenue figure is higher than N45,403,648,869.90 realized in the same period in 2020 with a slight difference of N1,446,991,000.1.
This development was contained in a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the command, DSC Yakubu Mohammed Awwal.
The Controller of the command Comptroller Festus Okun, in the statement, attributed the success to diligence and dedication of officers and men of the command to work and enjoined importers to import their cargo and vehicles through the port and stop smuggling.
While stressing that PTML has all the facilities to meet importers’ demands and expectation, Comptroller Okun advised importers and customs licensed agents operating in the port, to be honest, and sincere in their cargo declarations, prompt duty payment and keeping to all other extant rules as contained in the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) and other import guidelines.
“With compliance and prompt duty payment, vehicles can be cleared within four hours from our port. This is faster than importing through any neighbouring country and later attempting to smuggle such vehicles into Nigeria through land borders.
“Our hands on trade facilitation drive make PTML user friendly and cost-effective for users and will continue to meet importers and agents expectations without compromising national security,” Okun said
Comptroller Okun added that the command would always strive to ensure maximum collection of revenue due to the government by preventing areas of leakage and issuing demand notices to make up for discovered shortfalls.