Despite gridlock, Tin Can customs nets N346.5bn in one year

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By Seun Ibiyemi

The Tin Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS)  announced a revenue collection of N346.5billion for 2019.

The figure is N4.2billion more than the annual target of N342.3billion for 2019 and more than the figure generated in 2018 which was N343.5billion.

The figure for 2019 was N2.9billion more than the figure collected in 2018.

The revenue figures were contained in a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the Command, Mr Uche Ejesieme.

This performance came on the heels of implementation of series of transformational ideas and Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) developed to facilitate trade without compromising the extant provisions.

The command was able to create templates and blueprints that guided it’s actions in line with the mission and vision of the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali Rtd and his management.

As part of adopted measures to increase the efficiency and capacity of its operations, the Command took steps to develop a training curriculum peculiar to the operations of the Service.

Some of the trainings includes but not limited to Data Analysis, NICIS II Awareness, Skill GAP and Profiling Training, End-User Certificate Requirements and Documents, Bond Seat Training, Valuation and Classification Courses etc.

This is even as newly promoted 13 Deputy Comptrollers and 13 Assistant Comptrollers in the Command, are currently undergoing a training programme that is targeted at familiarizing them with their new schedules and developing the needed skill sets to enhance their operational efficiency.

The CAC while basking in the euphoria of the remarkable achievements was saddened by several issues and challenges which limited its operations in terms of Revenue generation.

To ensure Trade Facilitation at Tin Can, the Command developed a more cordial working relationship with the Critical Stakeholder by constant Engagements as a re-invigorated Dispute Resolution Committee was constituted to deal expeditiously with disputes arising from Valuation, Classification, PAAR and Rules of Origin.

Importers or their Agents were and are still encouraged to take advantage of the availability of Bond facility to take delivery of their cargoes.

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