Customs generates N51.6bn duty on vehicles in 3 months

The Ports Terminal Multiservices Limited (PTML) Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said it generated N51.63 billion from imported used and new vehicles between January and March 2022.

The command’s public relations officer, Muhammad Yakubu, said in a statement that the sum collected for 2022 first quarter is 10.2 per cent higher than what was collected last year.

According to him, N46.85billion was realised same period of 2021 showing an increase of N4.77billion in the months under review.

Yakubu, however, said, the Customs Area Controller of the PTML Command, Compt. Festus Okun, lauded the feat and described it as an evidence of productivity on the part of the officers and men despite operational challenges.

The Comptroller stated further that the command will always live up to it’s responsibilities of revenue collection, suppression of smuggling and trade facilitation.

He urged importers and their agents to maximise the quick clearance potentials of the Command by being compliant all the time through making of sincere declarations and obeying all extant rules as contained in the Customs and Excise Management Act, import and export prohibition lists as well as other documents of instruction.

The CAC also urged officers to remain uncompromising in the discharge of their duties while thanking them for their steadfastness and promotion of cordial relationship with stakeholders, even in the face of recent strike action over Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) valuation.

Meanwhile, the NCS has announced the promotion of 3,466 general duty officers and support staff.

Customs spokesman, Timi Bomodi, said the promotions were approved by the NCS Board at its 54th regular meeting held on March 29, 2022.

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