PTML Customs Command Generates  N256BN As Revenue For Year 2023, Made 158. 4M Seizures

CAC, Comptroller Saidu Abba Yusuf

By: Bisi Akingbade

The Port Terminal Multiservice Limited,  PTML Command of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has collected a total of Two hundred and fifty-six billion, three hundred and sixty-three million, two hundred and ninety-five thousand, one hundred and forty-one naira, sixty-seven kobo only as revenue for 2023.

The Customs Area Controller of the Command, Comptroller Saidu Abba Yusuf, said the 2023 collection is Twenty-six billion, eight hundred and eighty-nine million, three hundred and eighty-two thousand, one hundred and sixty-five naira (#26,889,382,165) higher than the Two hundred and twenty-nine billion, four hundred and seventy-three million, nine hundred and twelve thousand, nine hundred and seventy-six naira and ninety-seven kobo
(#229,473,912,976.97) which represents an increase of 12 percent last year, above 2022.

Comptroller Yusuf said the year 2023 was a successful one for the Command considering it’s accomplishments in discharge the service core mandates of revenue generation, facilitation of legitimate trade, anti-smuggling activities and ensuring of National Security.

In a press statement issued to newsmen and signed by Public Relations Officer of PTML Command., Hammad Yakubu,  stated that the Command handled export goods with a total tonnage of about One hundred and fifty nine thousand, three hundred and fourteen point twenty-three (159,314.23) metric tons, with a total Free on Board, FOB,
of value of Forty-nine billion, nine hundred and eighty million, eight hundred and sixty-five thousand, eight hundred and seventy-five naira, fifteen kobo only in the year 2023.

In the area of anti-smuggling activities, the Command made some seizures in the year under review. As a result of diligent hundred percent cargo examination and deployment of intelligence, we uncovered attempts to smuggle arms and ammunition, expired tomato concentrates, used tyres and used fridges into the country.

The breakdown of the seizures includes: “One 40ft container no: ACLU9715690 containing used household items such as used mattresses, used chairs, used tyres and used electronics falsely declared as three used vehicles.

“One 40ft container no: ACLU9715690 found to conceal 2,958 pieces of used tyres and used fridges, falsely declared as two vehicles and used household items.

“One 40ft container no: ACLU9680248 found to conceal Ten (10) fire arms, Three (3) Empty Magazines, and 442 rounds of live ammunition. Other items include 140 bags of foreign parboiled rice, Three (3) used vehicles and used household items.

“2x20ft containers found to conceal expired Tomato concentrates, One 40ft container no:GCNU4720167 extracted Three (3) cartons of Co-codamol.

“A total of five (5) suspects were arrested in connection with these seizures and have been granted administrative bail.

The command also made a total duty paid value of (DPV) value of One hundred and fifty-eight million, four hundred and three thousand, five hundred and fourty -eight naira, seventy-three kobo only.

Within the period under review, the Command sustained its average of three hour clearance time of vehicle for compliant traders.

"An efficient and accessible dispute resolution committee has been put in place to regularly brief the Customs Area Controller with a view to quickly resolving all trade disputes.

Comptroller Yusuf personally monitored transactions and interventions by the various units daily to sustain the standard of ease of doing business and trade facilitation.

"The Command has continued to maintain a cordial relationship with the various government agencies like the NDLEA, NAFDAC, SON, NPA, NESREA, NAQS, e.t.c. We have effectively functioned as the lead agency towards “ease of doing business” in the port.

"This has greatly contributed to the efficiency in service delivery. Regular meetings were held with our critical stakeholders where issues affecting various segment of the supply chain were well discussed and solutions proffered.

Furthermore, the forum served as a platform through which compliances was being preached and feedback received. Through these engagement we shared ideas and pursued government objectives without compromising our respective mandates as enshrined in our enabling laws. We met to share intelligence, prevent and detect crimes in the national interest and on our part as NCS we prevented revenue loss.

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