Comptroller Adekunle Oloyede, Customs Area Controller, Tin-Can Island Port Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, has disclosed that his Command generated N274.3 billion, which is a 27.50 per cent increase in revenue compared to the year 2021, as part of enforcement and anti-smuggling actions.
Four clearing agents were detained for falsifying the Area Controller’s signature on documents to release vehicles from the command, the Comptroller further disclosed.
The command’s performance report for export increased by 73 percent to 138,246.50 metric tons in the first half of the year, according to Comptroller Adekunle Oloyede.
He claims that the export cargo had more than N100.45 billion in free on board (FOB), which is a 60 per cent increase from the N66.29 billion reported on the export cargo throughput of 100,500 metric tons in the same time of 2021.
Comptroller Oloyede stated that Tin-Can Island Port command made a number of seizures and detentions with a Duty Paid Value of over N1.3 billion.
He commended the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) for establishing a seamless collaboration that facilitated the clearance of export cargo.
He claims that 145kg of Colorado Indian Hemp, 206,000 pieces of machetes, 640 bales of used clothing, 236,500 pieces of used shoes, 62,500 pieces of new lady’s shoes, 1,670,400 pieces of chloroquine injections, 1,814,400 pieces of Novalgen injection, 48,850 rolls of cigarettes, 23,800 tins of sodium bromate and baking powder, along with 3,303 other items were all found in the vehicles.
“Additionally taken into custody were three used Toyota Hiace buses, four used Mack truck heads, one used Toyota Sequoia 2008 model, one used Mercedes Benz GL450 2008 model, and one used 2011 Toyota 4Runner on which the clearance agents had forged the Area Comptroller’s signature.
In order to counteract persistent attempts by some non-compliant agents to misuse the process through document falsification and signature forgery, he noted that the command has improved its risk management structure.
Sections 46, 47, and 161 of the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA), CAP 45 of 2004, were broken, according to the customs chief.
He revealed that the DSS had received one suspect, a weapon, two empty magazines, and 300 live rounds from the command for further investigation.
Oloyede added that the command has established a dispute resolution structure that is in line with the requirements of the import duty mechanism.
According to this structure, in the event of a persistent dispute, an importer may accept delivery of his consignment after securing a bank bond equal to the duties and taxes owed on the disputed item.
Speaking about the command’s implementation of the VIN value policy, Oloyede claimed that by continually engaging and consulting the appropriate parties, the command had been able to overcome the difficulties encountered during the policy’s early deployment.
“The VIN valuation has helped the command achieve an expedited clearance procedure due to predictability of value assessment, rise in revenue creation, better convenience of doing business, generation of correct data for government and a host of other factors,” he claimed.