1 February 2013

Nigeria: Port Harcourt Area II Customs Generates N77.6 Billion

The Port Harcourt Area II Command, Onne of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has said it generated N77.59 billion as revenue in its operations last year.

The Customs Area Controller (CAC), Port Harcourt Area II Command, Onne Port, Comptroller Magaji Mohammed, revealed this at Onne and the amount showed an increase of about N6.8 billion over the revenue it generated in 2011. He also said it was the highest the command had generated since its inception.

Mohammed also disclosed that the command made a total of 17 seizures including 17 containers valued at N147.24 million while total duty on the seizures was N29.7 million, giving a total duty paid value of N176.95 million.

The CAC however said the total revenue generated fell short of the target of N120 billion given the command. He attributed the improved performance of the command to the motivation of the staff and cooperation of stakeholders at the port.

"I also personally try to encourage the importers and the clearing agents, as well as other stakeholders to come up with their problems to me (if any) in order to find a lasting solution to these problems," he said.

He said in order to further boost the morale of his staff, the service had embarked on the construction of a 30-room block for rank and file of the customs at the Ebubu Barracks.

"This will greatly help in reducing the accommodation shortage and serve as a tonic booster for officers in this command to perform better in this New Year," he said.

He noted that the Federal Government had recently approved a six-month extension for service providers before they finally handed over to the Nigeria Customs Service, and said the command prepared for the handover.

Mohammed also noted the introduction of e-form 'M' by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and said that with the development all importers were expected to register with the e-form 'M' and also obtain Tax Identification Number (TIN) from NCS.

He said the service anticipated some major challenges with the e-registration including the willingness of importers to embrace the change, and the fact that the importers were finding it difficult to move from the conventional registration to the new e-registration.

He however said the customs and the Federal Inland Revenue Service were jointly trying to fashion out an enlightenment campaign to educate stakeholders and the general public on the advantages of the new system of importing and clearing goods.

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