The Tin Can Island Port Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has given its score card for 2019, declaring that it generated N346,508,836,486.54 revenue for the year.
With the figure, the command exceeded its annual revenue target for 2019, with a surplus of N4,202,755,990.15, representing 101.21 per cent.
Accordng to a release by the command’s public relations officer SC Uche Esejieme, the outstanding achievements, recorded through its innovative performance and repositioning of its operational efficiency, came on the heels of the implementation of series of transformational ideas and Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) developed to facilitate trade without compromising the extant provisions.
While enumerating on the 2019 activities, Ejesieme noted that, “On export, the Command also embarked on the sensitization of stakeholders and would be exporters on the need to take advantage of the potentials inherent in export which incidentally culminated to an increase in the quantity of export recorded in 2019.
He insisted that the command facilitated the export of items with a total tonnage of two hundred and sixty-nine thousand, eight hundred and nineteen point five (269, 819.5) tons with a total FOB value of one hundred and thirty billion, one hundred and eighty-six million, eight hundred and ninety-four thousand, four hundred and eighty-one naira (N130, 186, 894, 481.00) in 2019 as against the total tonnage of two hundred and fifty-four thousand, seven hundred and sixty-two point seventy-seven (254, 762.77) tons with a total FOB value of one hundred and forty-five billion, three hundred and twenty-two million, nine hundred and ninety thousand, three hundred and ninety-six naira (N145, 322, 990, 296.00) exported in 2018, adding that, “The command will continue to sensitize and encourage exporters as a means of attaining balance of trade for the interest of the nation
For optimum productivity for growth to enhance Trade Facilitation at Tin Can Island, it developed a more cordial working relationship with the Critical Stakeholder by constant Engagements as a re-invigorated Dispute Resolution Committee which was constituted to deal expeditiously with disputes arising from Valuation, Classification, PAAR and Rules of Origin
The Command officers and men were able to create viable templates and blueprints that guided it’s actions in line with the mission and vision of the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd).
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) SC, Uche Ejesieme stated that there was more intensified efforts in 2019 in Anti-Smuggling objectives, hence the Command made seizures of 16x40ft, 37x20ft (53 containers) and 3 non-containerized Cargoes.
The other seizures, according to statement, include rice, used tyres, pharmaceuticals, vegetable oil, military accoutrements-with a total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N5,876,465,660 (Five Billion, Eight Hundred and Seventy-Six Million, Four Hundred and Sixty Five Thousand, Six Hundred and Forty Naira).
Going by the comparative analysis of 2018 seizures, it indicates a recorded improvement from the seizures of 14x40ft, 2x20ft (16 Containers) and 5 uncontainerized, and others ranging from bales of second hand clothing, furniture, children toys, used bags and shoes, expired medicaments, used tyres, used fridges amongst others with a total DPV of Two Billion, Eight Hundred and Eighty-Three Million, Five Hundred and Thirty-One Thousand, Five Hundred Naira (N2,883,531,500.00) recorded.
As part of adopted measures to increase the efficiency and capacity of its operations, the Command took steps to develop a training curriculum peculiar to the operations of the Service.
Some of the trainings includes but not limited to Data Analysis, NICIS II Awareness, Skill GAP and Profiling Training, End-User Certificate Requirements and Documents, Bond Seat Training, Valuation and Classification Courses etc.
The Command newly promoted 13 Deputy Comptrollers and 13 Assistant Comptrollers in the Command, are currently undergoing a training programme that is targeted at familiarizing them with their new schedules and developing the needed skill sets to enhance their operational efficiency. He added that for effective trade balance, importers and agents have been urged to take advantage of the availability of Bond facility to ease the delivery of their cargoes, he said.