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Customs Generates N56.2bn From Export, N135.4bn From Import In Q1

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The Tin-Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), yesterday said the Free On Board (FOB), value of the export trade increased from N31.4billion in first quarter of 2021 to N56.2 billion in Q1, 2022.

Speaking at the first quarter revenue and performance report of the command, Customs Area Controller (CAC), Compt. Adekunle Oloyede, said the command collected a total of N135.4 billion within the period under review, which represents a N22.7 billion increase from the N112.69 billion collected the same period in the previous year.

According to him, the total tonnage of goods exported through Tin Can Island Port in the first three months of the year, January to March, grew by 62.67 per cent to 71,014.4 metric tons.

He, however, said the volume increased compared to the 44,502.9 metric tons exported through the port the same period in 2021.

He listed the goods exported through the port to include non-oil products such as copper ingots, stainless steel ingots, sesame seeds, cashew nuts, cocoa beans, rubber, cocoa butter, leather, ginger, frozen shrimps among others.

“In the area of enforcement/anti-smuggling activities, seizures made include 145kg of indian hemp concealed in two units of Ridgeline trucks and two units of Toyota Corolla vehicles; 206,000 pieces of machetes; 640 bales of used clothes; 236,500 pieces of used shoes; 62,500 pieces of new ladies shoes; 1,670,400 pieces of Chloroquine injections (Smg/Sml); 1,814,400 pieces of Novalgen injection (500mg/Sml); 48,850 rolls of cigarettes and 23,800 tins of sodium bromate and baking powder,” Oloyede explained.

According to him, the importation of the above listed products, which has Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N1.048billion, contravenes sections 46, 47 and 161 of the Customs & Excise Management Act (CEMA) Cap 45 LFN 2004.

Oloyede said that importation of machetes is regulated and such items are imported with permits.

“Importation of machetes require End User certificate, which  is a special permit that comes from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA),” he added.

On the implementation of the 2022 fiscal policy, he said, the Federal Ministry of Finance has recently published the 2022 Fiscal Policy with an effective date of April 1, 2022.

“However, a grace period of 90 days has been given for the implementation of the new duty and excise rates, and they are to take effect from June 1, 2022,” the Customs boss said.

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