Customs now collects N100bn monthly, says Dikko

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) is hopeful of meeting its N1.2 trillion revenue target for the year as it now collects about N100 billion monthly.

Comptroller General of the NCS, Alhaji Dikko Abdullahi, who disclosed this recently at a forum in London, attributed the improved revenue collection to the introduction and implementation of the Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR).

He said the launch of PAAR has also helped the NCS “to build stronger relationship with the business sector.”

According to him, importers and operators who have demonstrated high level of integrity in their declarations are flagged on the PAAR platform.

“To encourage them, 175 of them have been admitted into a new Fast Track system. These companies now enjoy special concessions like blue lane selection, inspection at owners premises and exclusive membership of the Customs Compliance Ambassadors Group.”

Meanwhile the Apapa Area Command of the NCS said it collected N24.9 billion as revenue in June.

A breakdown of the amount showed that revenue generated into the federation account stood at N13.8 billion while revenue generated into the non-federation account stood at N11.1billion.

The amount collected however showed a decrease of N3.2 billion compared to the N28.1 billion generated in May.

A statement obtained by SHIPS &PORTS DAILY and signed by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ekpa yesterday, stated that the income was generated through levies collected on import duties, wheat flour, wheat grain, 7 percent port levy, iron and cigarette among others.

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