Tin Can Customs Seizes 8 Containers of Machetes, Collects N135.4bn in Q1

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The Tin Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Wednesday said it has seized eight containers of machetes.

Compt Oloyede with Deputy Compt kolade

 

This was as the Command announced a revenue generation of N135.4billion for the first quarter of the year.

The eight containers were laden with 206,000 pieces of machetes.

The Comptroller of the Command, Olakunle Oloyede told newsmen that this was part of the Command’s anti-smuggling activities.
He vowed that the items would not be released until the importer comes with evidence of end-user –certificate.

Oloyede told newsmen that the N135.4billion for the first quarter of the year was N22,7billion higher than what was collected during the same period last year, which was N112.6billion.
On export, he said that the total tonnage of goods that were exported through the port stood at 71,014.4mt with a total FOB value of N56billion as against 44,502.9mt and FOB value of N31.3billion for the same period last year.

The trio of Deputy Comptrollers Kolade (left), Nwankwo (right) and Assistant Compt Ali (middle

 

He identified commodities exported through the port as copper ingots, stainless steel ingots, sesame seeds, cashew nuts, cocoa beans, rubber, cocoa butter leather and frozen shrimps.

As part of its anti-smuggling activities, the Command seized 206,000 pieces of machetes in 8 containers, 640 bales of used clothes, 236,500 pieces of used shoes and 62,500 new ladies shoes.

Among other items seized were 145 kg of Colorado (Indian hemp) which were concealed in two units of Ridgeline trucks and two units of Toyota Corolla vehicles., 1,670,400 pieces of Chloroquine injection and 1,814,400 pieces of Novalgen injection.
Oloyede put the duty paid value of the items at N1,048bn.

He disclosed that despite successes recorded by the Command, it has been facing challenges in the area of treatment of overtime cargo because of the non-implementation of the extant laws guiding uncleared goods.

 

Part of the challenges was lack of government warehouses near the seaports, adding that there were lots of difficulties in logistics and handling cost.

On the 2022 fiscal policy which came into effect April 1, he disclosed that the implementation would be effective on June 1.

This according to him was because of a grace period of 90 days given by the Finance Ministry.
This means that the controversial new duty rate and excise rates would wait till then for implementation.

“As much as the Service is putting effort to make the necessary adjustments, we are experiencing minor delays in its full implementation because the system is not designed to be retroactive”, he said

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