Customs Lillypond Command rakes N5bn revenue in Q1

The Lillypond Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ijora, said on Friday that it collected N5.2 billion as revenue within the first quarter of 2014.

Controller of the command, Comptroller Talatu Isa, disclosed this in a statement at the end of a monthly stakeholders’ meeting in Lagos.

Isa said that the command collected over N2.2 billion as revenue in April, the first month of the second quarter while N1.4 billion was collected in March alone, which was part of the first quarter.

She attributed the revenue increase to the Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR), adding that the system had started working efficiently and was now being issued within 24 hours.

She commended the freight forwarders and other operators at the command for their compliance which she said aided trade facilitation.

“I appreciate the efforts of everyone. In April, we made N2.2 billion as revenue. I appreciate you all for the efforts in trade facilitation.

“It is good that PAAR is now coming out very well. If you upload your document, you will get your PAAR same day,” Isa stated.

She told the freight forwarders to hold their banks accountable if there were challenges encountered in the issuance of PAAR.

The Lilypond Area Controller further said that the command had set up a dispute resolution committee to handle all issues relating to PAAR.

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