Nigeria Customs Service, PTML Command, Lagos, has disclosed that it collected a total of N165,021,614,645,00 as revenue into the coffers of the Federal Government of Nigeria from January to September 2021.
The Customs Area Controller of the command, Comptroller Festus Okun made this disclosure in a statement by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Yakubu Muhammad.
Comptroller Okun said that the figure increased by N26, 986,656,533.00 billion above the N138, 034,958,112.00 that was collected within the same period in 2020 representing a 20% percent increase of the command’s revenue.
Okun noted that the command has always improved revenue collection strategies by blocking possible areas of leakages, collecting identified shortfalls through demand notices, promote trade facilitation and achieve seamless cargo clearance for compliant importers without compromising national security and interest.
He stated that the command was able to put more measures in the area of capacity building for officers, strengthening of the dispute resolution committee and building a strong quality service delivery, thus engendering ease of doing business.
He noted that the issuance of demand notices (DN) from uncovered revenue shortfalls within the period under review amounted to N865, 449,258.00
According to the customs boss, in the months under review, a total number of 145 ships berthed at the PTML terminal carrying 26,613 containers and 171,491 imported vehicles between January and September 2021.
In the area of Export Trade, the command has handled export goods with a total tonnage of Seventy- thousand (118,460,38) metric tons, with a total Free on Board (FOB) value of Eight hundred and thirty-two billion, nine hundred and sixty-six million, five hundred and fifteen thousand, three hundred and sixty-eight naira, forty-nine kobo. (N832, 966,515,368.49) only.
Comptroller Okun commended the officers and men of the command for TT heir patriotism and commitment to the national interest as he urged them to double their efforts to achieve a more resounding feat by the end of 2021.
He however advised the newly promoted officers in the command to justify the confidence reposed in them by being more selfless to the cause of Nigeria Customs Service and the nation at large.
He equally urged them to continually uphold the tenets of honesty and service as ex amplified by the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Handed Ali and the management team.
Compt. Okun, while describing PTML as a model port with many advantages for Importers and exporters, urged them to increase their level of compliance.
He reiterated that the four-hour clearance time for compliant Roll on Roll off (RoRo) cargoes is very much subsisting.
Comptroller Okun added that PTML provides an opportunity for vehicle importation with speedy clearance being a model RoRo port that should discourage car smuggling through land borders.