Customs clears 171,491 vehicles in nine months at PTML 

PTML Customs Command blames N48bn revenue shortfall on gridlock
Festus Okun


The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ports and Terminal Multiservice Limited (PTML) Command has said that 171,491 units of vehicles were imported and cleared through the terminal in the first nine months of this year. 

Customs Area Controller of the command, Comptroller Festus Okun, who disclosed this in Lagos during a chat with journalists, said the volume is 76% higher than the 97,361 units imported through the terminal in the corresponding period of 2020. 

He said a total of 115 vessels berthed at the PTML terminal as at end of third quarter 2020 while in 135 berthed at the port as at end of September 2021. 

For containers, he said a total of 26,613 TEUs were processed as at the end of September 2021, while 23,300 were processed in the corresponding period of 2020. 

Okun said a total of N165 billion was collected as revenue to the Federal Government in the first three quarters of the year. He said the amount represents an increase of about N27 billion over the N138 billion collected by the command in the corresponding period of 2020. 

Okun, while commending the management of PTML terminal for making easy for importers to process their consignments at the terminal, assured that vehicles can be cleared at the command within four hours.

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