Onne Port Cus­toms recorded N107.3bn rev­enue in 2019

The Punch - - INDUSTRY - Chuk­wudi Akasike, Port Har­court

He Nige­ria cus­toms ser­vice, Area II com­mand, Onne Port, Rivers state, said on thurs­day that it gen­er­ated to­tal rev­enue of N107.3bn from duty paid on im­ported goods in 2019.

the com­mand ex­plained that the amount gen­er­ated sur­passed its N97.7bn an­nual tar­get for the year un­der re­view by N11.6bn.

cus­toms Area com­man­der for the com­mand, Aliyu saidu, who spoke on the per­for­mance in Onne, dis­closed that a to­tal of 24 seizures with Duty Paid Value of N1.2bn were also recorded through its anti-smug­gling ac­tiv­i­ties.

saidu stated that the seizures were made due to wrong doc­u­men­ta­tion, false dec­la­ra­tion, wrong clas­si­fi­ca­tion, con­ceal­ment and non-pro­vi­sion of en­duser cer­tifi­cates for the im­ported items.

“the seizures are 99 con­tain­ers, com­pris­ing veg­etable oil, de­ter­gents, bags of for­eign rice, scraps met­als, cor­ru­gated alu­minium sheets, fur­ni­ture, tin toma­toes (to­mato paste), in­sect re­pel­lent/killer, bales of fab­rics and wax ma­te­ri­als,” he added.

He fur­ther dis­closed that pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tions car­ried out by the ser­vice revealed that the pri­mary mo­tive for the items be­ing smug­gled was to evade pay­ing the cor­rect duty.

On ex­port, he added that a to­tal of 255,407 met­ric tonnes of goods with a to­tal Free on Board value of $78,402,057 equiv­a­lent to N28,420,745,662.5 at N362.5 per dol­lar were pro­cessed through the area last year.

“Also, com­par­ing the rev­enue gen­er­ated be­tween 2018 and 2019, a to­tal of N94,044,676,428.01 was re­alised in 2018. this shows 14 per cent in­crease in rev­enue gen­er­ated in 2019 as against 2018,” he added.

the area com­man­der frowned on the con­tin­ued men­ace of smug­gling across the ports and bor­ders and lamented the detri­men­tal ef­fects it had on the na­tion’s se­cu­rity, so­cial and eco­nomic well-be­ing.

He ad­vised those in­volved in such un­pa­tri­otic be­hav­iour to de­sist from it, and warned that the com­mand would not spare any­one as ef­forts would be in­ten­si­fied in lo­cat­ing and in­ves­ti­gat­ing the eco­nomic saboteurs.

saidu broke down some of the seizures made in 2019 as 15,317 jerry cans of 25 litres of veg­etable oil, val­ued at N110,211,278.00; 20 x 20ft con­tain­ers loaded with tin to­mato paste with the DPV of N272,261,026.00 and 13,306 car­tons of eva com­plex­ion soap (de­ter­gent) with the DPV of N125,966,675.00.

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