Tin Can Customs records N53bn revenue in two months

Abdullahi Dikko Inde, CG of Customs

Abdullahi Dikko Inde, CG of Customs

16 June 2014, Lagos – Customs Area Controller, Jibrin Zakare, who was particularly excited about the  revenue figures for the months of April and May described the figures as the highest so far in the history of the Customs Command.

A breakdown of  the figures showed that the sums of N26.3bn and N26.5billion were recorded in the months of April and May respectively.

The Command had recorded N21.5bn, N21.6bn and N16bn for the months of January, February and March respectively.

Zakare  who spoke to THISDAY attributed the high revenue yield so far to what he said was the glaring success of the Destination Inspection regime under the  Customs  administration.

The Controller also said that the high revenue  in the months of April and May  was a clear manifestation of the fact that the  Customs Service  has overcome  the initial teething  problem associated with the issuance of Pre-Arrival Assessment  Report (PAAR) in the ports as part of the Destination Inspection regime.

He said that he was happy that the  freight forwarders and  their  importers  were beginning to  understand the  documentation procedure  associated with PAAR, adding that this   has contributed in the smooth sailing  experience in  goods delivery as far as the Command was concerned.

“I am happy that the importers and their agents are beginning to understand  and follow the procedures required  when they have goods to clear. They are getting it right, and I am particularly happy about this development. And because they understand the procedure, they are also complying by presenting genuine documents to the banks who also send same to our Centres  which help in transmission  and eventual issuance  of PAAR,” he said.

Zakare said that part of what happened in the past that led to delays in  the issuance of PAAR for which many people were trying to crucify the Customs  was   wrong information  provided by  importers and their agents.

He  commended the Comptroller-General of Customs, Alhaji Inde Dikko Abdullahi, and his management  team,  for   their  efforts in dealing with  all forms of sabotage  experienced initially during the take-off of Destination and introduction of PAAR.

He  disclosed that all the saboteurs have been removed from the PAAR centres, one of the reasons which  he attributed to the success being recorded  in the clearing system.

He also identified  the good welfare package introduced in the Customs  by   the Comptroller-General as  playing a big part  in the success as far as high  revenue generation is concerned in the ports.

“No officer has excuse not to perform because as far as we are concerned, every officer is  well remunerated  to offer high quality service.  This is helping in increasing productivity in the Customs system as you can see in our revenue generation,” he said.

Zakare disclosed that some  goods  which importation contravened trade regulations have been seized by the Command. He identified the items as  furniture, vegetable oil, bags, women shoes, among others.

He advised importers to  ensure that  they do not  go contrary to trade rules and regulations, adding that those who  chose to circumvent the system  by embarking on trade  crime  would be visited with the wrath of the law.

The Controller also identified increasing crowd in the ports environment  as worrisome, adding that the Command has been trying to  control the situation.

Noting that this was as a result of unemployment in the country, he added that though the  Command has been raiding them from time to time, the crowd builds again and again.


– This Day

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