Despite the poor access roads, Tincan Port customs improve export volume to 115, 000 from 62,000 metric tonnes in April 

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Compt. Baba Musa Abdullahi

Despite the poor access roads and other logistics constraints, volume of exported cargoes through Tin Can Island Port increased by almost a hundred percent between January and April 2019.

Abdullahi Baba Musa, Customs Area Controller of the Command said the command exported a total volume of 115, 000 metric tonnes from January to April.

Musa further disclosed that 62,000 metric tonnes of cargoes were exported in 2018.

He attributed the improvement to increase in the government awareness moves aimed at informing and sensitizing stakeholders about benefits of exports .

Musa also praised his officers for sticking to the time release principles of quick but careful approach to process imports and exports in line with government ease of doing business agenda.

According to him, cigarettes are among the most expoted commodity from Nigeria to other countries.

The Controller applauded the exporters who he described as resilient in growing their business.

He listed commodities being exported through the port to include cocoa beans, sesame seeds,cashew nuts, leather, rubber, cigarettes and ginger.

Other export commodities listed include zinc ore,soft drinks, beer, tissue paper, bathroom slippers and frozen shrimps.

The controller further explained that month by month export figure in the command has been impressive showing signs that many Nigerians are embracing the line of business.

For the first quarter of the year, the command processed a total of 83,218 tonnes with Free on Board value of N32,447,668,739

He gave a breakdown saying January 2019, tonnage of 24,623.5 FOB value of N13,001,246,995 was processed; February 26,045.6 with FOB of N12,331,535,344 and March had a 32,548.9 with FOB of N11,148,869,400

Free on board (FOB) is a contractual term that refers to the requirement that the seller deliver goods at the seller’s cost via a specific route to a destination designated by the buyer.

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