…..As Comptr Mohammed Commend Port Users’ Compliance
Comptroller Auwal Mohammed, the Customs Area Controller (CAC),Port Harcourt Area ll Command Onne Port
The Nigeria Customs Service, Port Harcourt Area ll Command Onne Port has reported a total collection of ₦115,264,159,921.12 from January through to June 2022.
According to the report, the 2022 half year collection shows a remarkable difference from the ₦78b collected in the first half of 2021 and ₦46.6b collected in same period of 2020.
Further comparison indicates 147 percent increase above the 2020 collection and 47 percent increase above 2021 figure showing differences of ₦37,097,079,630.91 and ₦68,597,503,002.82 for 2021 and 2020 respectively.
Under Comptroller Auwal Mohammed, the Customs Area Controller (CAC), the Command’s revenue collection showed upward progression on monthly basis resulting in the cumulative differences recorded for the three years juxtaposed
(See table below)
In the first half of 2022, the Command made 28 seizures comprising of 9 containers valued at ₦531,386,166.78 (Duty Paid Value). This half year’s number of seizures is higher than 20 number made between January and June 2021.
Amongst the seized items were machetes brought into the country without end user certificate, military wears, vegetable oil, whisky, soap and used clothing.
Other seizures recorded include used tyres, foreign parboiled rice, tomato paste, used vehicle parts and other items either classified as prohibited or for which duty payment were being evaded.
A total of 876,775.60 Metric Tonnes with $495,384,221.99 free on board (FOB) value translating into ₦203,969,499,562.18 and Nigeria Export Supervision Scheme (NESS) value of ₦1,075,060,914.52 were processed through the command in the period under review.
The above export figures are over a hundred and fifty (150) percent increase in value to that of first half 2021
The 2022 export statistics shows an improvement on the 2021 figures which is a fallout of CAC Auwal Mohammed trade facilitation strategies.
Comparatively, as at June 2021, the command had processed 331,356.40 metric tonnes with free on board (FOB) value of $141,422,075.87. The FOB value in naira was ₦58,229,125,518.73 with NESS value of ₦260,150,300.13
The CAC has brought to the knowledge of port users that there is a Domestic Export Warehouse (DEW) approved by fed govt at Onne
According to him the DEW provides further opportunities for exporters to process and package their exports including packaging while enjoying the seamlessness of export cargo warehouse in Onne directly to vessels.
In a statement sent to The Ameh News (TAN) and endorsed by feoma Onuigbo Ojekwu
(Superintendent of Customs) Customs PRO, Area ll Command, Onne Port, Rivers State quoted Comptroller Mohammed to have described the DEW facility as a one stop shop emplaced by the Federal Government to promote and encourage export trade which the command has aligned with ahead of its full take off.
In a short remake at close of work on Friday, July 1,2022, Comptroller Auwal Mohammed said, “This revenue, seizure and export figures coming at the end of first half of the year attests to a good outcome from our efforts.
“While thanking my officers and men for sticking to the vision of the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd.) and implementing the service mandate without compromise, he concluded