Tin Can Port
The Customs High Command has stepped up its revenue drive with the collection of a whopping sum of N16.3 billion by the end of January 2013 at Nigeria’s second busiest port, Tin Can Island Port (TCIP), Apapa, Lagos.
The Customs Area Controller, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), TCIP Command, Comptroller Tunji Aremu, who disclosed this in Lagos, said the command would do its best to ensure it did not only meet its revenue target for this year, but also surpass it.
Reviewing the revenue performance of the command in 2012, the CAC revealed that a total of 34,381 containers were scanned.
He maintained that for the command to achieve and surpass its revenue generation and also improve trade facilitation, all hands must be on deck as the command had evolved strategies which include a thorough examination of all cargo and effective scrutiny of all single goods declarations (SGDs).
“Our revenue target for 2013 will higher than that of 2012. But we are going to surpass it as all hands must be on deck to achieve it. We have to be more focused by ensuring that all SGDs are well scrutinised and thoroughly examined.
“I have spoken to all terminals to provide more offices for my officers. Tin Can Island Terminal (TICT) has provided offices for us and has promised to provide more machinery to enhance cargo delivery in the terminal”, he said.
Comparing the revenue generated in 2011 and 2012, Aremu said the command in 2012 generated a sum of N206,411,920,416.00 while a sum of N193,418,449,934.14 was generated in 2011 with 2012 revenue upped by N12,993,470,481.86 above 2011.
He added that within the period under review, the command seized 18 unpacked vehicles, 51 forty-foot containers and 42 twenty feet containers of various offending imports which comprise falsely and under-declared vehicles, used tyres, new fridges, washing machines, kitchen cabinets, boxes of recorded video and audio compact disks (CD).
He revealed that the duty paid value (DPV) of the seizures was N347,403,400, pointing out that the command also seized 22 40-foot containers which contained teak wood meant for export but contravened the export prohibition order.
On export, Aremu said from January 1 to December 31, 2012, the command processed a total of 221,015.25 metric tonnes of exports with a free on board (FOB) value of N12,151,631.92 as against the 169,536.26 metric tonnes of export with an FOB value of N101,158,708,431.61 processed in 2011.
Listing the challenges the command is facing in the discharge of its responsibility, the CAC said the increased influx of touts in and around the port was a major problem as the touts were disturbing genuine port users in the course of their business. He assured that the command would do everything possible to curtail their activities.
The Customs boss, who listed some other developments that took place since he assumed office to include improved revenue generation, sustained anti-smuggling operation, added that constant breakdown of lorries that are picking cargo in the port was another problem that hindered free flow of cargo.
On what is popularly called ‘machine outside’ (MO), a code name for document falsification, he said there was no room for it in TCIP.
His words: “There is no room for MO in this command. The era of when anybody can do anything is gone. Everything is done in the right manner and all my officers are ready to fish out any system which is wrong. Tin Can Port is a different port and it is manifesting in our revenue collection.”