…makes seizures worth N158.4B
The Nigeria Customs Service, Port Terminal Multiservice Limited (PTML) Command has generated N256,363,295,141.67 as revenue for 2023.
Area Controller of the Command, Comptroller Saidu Yusuf, said the 2023 collection was N26,889,382,165 higher than the N229,473,912,976.97 generated in 2022, representing an increase of 12 percent.
In a statement issued by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, CSC Muhammad Yakubu, Yusuf described 2023 as a successful one for the Command considering its accomplishments.
On Export trade, the Command handled export goods with a total tonnage of about 159,314.23 metric tons and a total Free on Board (FOB) valued at N49,980,865,875.15 in the year under review.
In the area of anti-smuggling activities, Comptroller Yusuf stated that the Command made some seizures with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N158,403,548.73 due to diligent hundred percent cargo examination and deployment of intelligence.
Yusuf added, “We uncovered attempts to smuggle arms and ammunition, expired tomato concentrates, used tyres and used fridges into the country.
“The seized items include;1x40ft container of used household items falsely declared as three used vehicles, 1x40ft container found to conceal 2,958 pieces of used tyres and used fridges, falsely declared as two vehicles and used household items, 1x40ft container found to conceal 10 firearms, 3 Empty Magazines, and 442 rounds of live ammunition.
“Other items include 140 bags of foreign parboiled rice, 3 used vehicles and used household items, 2x20ft containers found to conceal expired Tomato concentrates, 1x40ft container extracted 3 cartons of co-codamol”.
He noted that five suspects were arrested in connection with the seizures and had been granted administrative bail.
“Within the period under review, the Command sustained its average of three-hour clearance time of vehicles for compliant traders”, said Yusuf.
According to him, the Command has maintained a cordial relationship with various government agencies like the NDLEA, NAFDAC, SON, NPA, NESREA, and NAQS, among others.
“We have effectively functioned as the lead agency towards ease of doing business in the port. This has greatly contributed to the efficiency in service delivery.
“Regular meetings were held with our critical stakeholders where issues affecting various segments of the supply chain were well discussed and solutions proffered.
He appreciated the Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, and his entire management team for their support and inspiring leadership.