Onne Cus­toms tar­gets N120bn rev­enue

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Vic­tor Edozie, Port Har­court

The Con­troller of Area 2 Com­mand of the Nigeria Cus­toms Ser­vice, Onne, Port Har­court, Al­haji Muhammed Ma­gaji, said yes­ter­day that the com­mand ex­pects rev­enue of N120bn for the year 2014.

Al­haji Ma­gaji, who spoke at a stake­hold­ers’ in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion for im­porters and clear­ing agents at Onne, also ad­vised li­censed cus­tom agents and im­porters to re­frain from un­der declar­ing the value of im­ported goods, warn­ing that such ac­tion would at­tract the full wrath of the law.

“The federal govern­ment has given the Nigeria Cus­toms Ser­vice a whop­ping tar­get of N1.2trn for the year 2014. Onne port Com­mand was given a tar­get of about N120bn. We can only achieve the rev­enue tar­get through your mu­tual co­op­er­a­tion by en­sur­ing com­pli­ance in your dec­la­ra­tions.

“To­day, the in­ven­tion of Pre­Ar­rival As­sess­ment Re­port (PAAR) which re­placed the Risk As­sess­ment Re­port has gone a long way in fa­cil­i­tat­ing trade. The PAAR has also re­duced phys­i­cal in­ter­ac­tion be­tween Cus­toms of­fi­cials, im­porters and their agents, as most of the deals are done on­line in the com­fort of their of­fices and homes. The Nigeria Cus­toms Ser­vice has also come up with a trade hub, which gives the stake­hold­ers in the im­por­ta­tion busi­ness ac­ces­si­bil­ity to in­for­ma­tion. It also guides them on the rules and reg­u­la­tions of im­port tar­iffs and other re­quire­ments,” he said.

He stated that the federal govern­ment has ap­proved the ex­ten­sion of the va­lid­ity of the 2008-2012 com­mon Ex­ter­nal Tar­iff with a pe­riod of an­other one year and charged both im­porters and agents to as­sist the Com­mand in meet­ing its tar­get by en­sur­ing com­pli­ance in their dec­la­ra­tion.

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Traders at Mile 1 mar­ket shop­ping for Easter in Port Har­court on Fri­day

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