Customs Area Controller of Portharcourt Area One Command Onne, Bashir Abubakar has reiterated the command’s readiness to surpass its revenue collection target of N112,500,626,038 for 2017 .
Abubakar, who said this at a press briefing on the command’s activities for the third quarter of the year,disclosed that the command collected a total of N71,826,387,566.98 which is higher than what was collected same period in 2016 by N1,430,239,950
Abubakar told newsmen that at the end of the third quarter ,the command had generated 63.85% of its annual target while adding that ”hopefully ,the command will surpass its target of N112,500,626,038.50 at the end of the financial year”
On anti smuggling, he said the command made a total of 23 seizures with duty paid value of N446,390,792.19. According to him, the seizure of three more units of 20 foot containers carrying imported rice valued at N23,620,686.19 has helped the to raise the command’s anti smuggling profile.
The Area Controller also read the riot act against non compliant port users while assuring compliant ones of smooth processing of their imports and exports.
” While the command welcomes compliant traders,we have also shown a clear resolve to deal ruthlessly with importers and agents who manifest recalcitrant to obeying customs laws
”Between January and September this year, the command recorded export activities to the tune of N29,454,088,974. We also recorded an increase in Nigeria Export Supervisory Scheme (NESS) fees collected being N150,308,000. These figures represent a 200% increase in export activities as at the third quarter of 2017.”
The command also recorded a drop in oil and gas imports through the command; it also recorded a 45% increase in revenue generated from other sources as a result of improvements in assesed values and interventions.