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2021: Onne Port Customs generates N188.6bn, records N11.98bn seizures

…processed 1,083,846 tonnes of cargo value at $402,367,568

Paul Ogbuokiri

The Area II Command of Nigeria Customs Service in Onne Port in Rivers State has achieved a record-breaking revenue collection of N188,643,692,057 from January to December 2021.

Announcing the collection at the close of work on Friday, December 31, 2021, Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the

Command, Comptroller Auwal Mohammed, described the collection as the highest in the history of the command.

Mohammed said the 2021 total is N69,684,478,058 above the total of  N118,959,215,999 that was collected in 2020.

On enforcement and anti-smuggling activities, the CAC also revealed that 34 seizures were made last year. The seizures, according to him, had a total duty-paid value of N11,983,429, 216.

Prominent among the seizures was 1,387 cartons of tramadol falsely declared to evade detection. Others included rice, engine parts, vegetable oil and other concealed items with intent to evade accurate duty payments by defiant agents and importers.

On export, within the period under review, the command processed 1,083,846 metric tonnes of cargo with total free

on board (FOB) value of $402,367,568. The Nigerian Export Supervision Scheme (NESS) value of the total export is

N764,462,724.

While commending the officers of the command for their relentless commitment to ensuring facilitation of legitimate

trade and preventing smuggling of any form, the controller urged them to intensify efforts in carrying out all NCS functions in the command in 2022.

He advised them to brace up with technology as the procured scanners will be deployed to use soon for faster cargo

clearance and easier detection of concealments, thereby facilitating trade.

He said the command will continue to build on achieved successes recorded through customs community relations

effort.

Mohamed, in his end-of-the-year interaction with senior officers, noted: “I commend you all for the feats we have

jointly achieved in revenue collection, enforcement and trade facilitation.

“They are, indeed, laudable milestones that we must not only sustain but also improve upon for the benefit of our country’s economy and national security.

“Indeed, our various meetings with stakeholders and port users paid off in 2021 because we have noted remarkable

improvements in compliance levels.

“As we enter 2022, let us continue to blend our enforcement capability with intelligence, to always detect all attempts at circumventing the law through false declarations, under declarations and concealments.

“In 2022, whoever attempts doing the wrong thing, like smuggling through Onne Port, will get his cargo seized and

risks facing arrest for prosecution in accordance with the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA).

“We cannot afford to compromise our positions or disappoint on the trust reposed on us. I hereby advise once again, that all importers and agents using this area for their businesses stay on the part of compliance at all times,” he said.

 

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