Nigerian Customs releases 2011 scorecard, generates N235.2 billion revenue

LAGOS-THE Nigerian Customs Service, Apapa Command, in Lagos has released its scorecard on performances for year 2011 saying that the command generated a whooping N235, 185,245,803.00 into the Federal Government coffers for the full year.

Even though N216 Billion revenue target was set for it at the beginning of the year, the command said it overshot its target by 19 Billion Naira, which was about 8.8percent of the annual target.

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A comparative analysis of the revenue which was given in a scorecard signed by the Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr. Timi Bomodi shows that the performance of the command for the year has a 32percent increase over the performance of 2010 and an improvement of 81percent over the performance of 2009.

Apart from this, the sum of 178.55 billion was also said to have been collected in year 2010, and 129.817 billion in 2009.

According to the scorecard, the command in year 2011 made 77 seizures of various items including Textiles, furniture, Vegetable oil, used cars, artificial flowers, used and new electronics, glazed ceramic tiles and so on, compared to the 64 seizures made in 2010.

The Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the seizures for 2011 is placed at N394, 717,234.00, compared to that of 2010 which stood at N174, 237,005.42. This according to the statement shows an improvement of 126 percent.

The command has however assured that for the year under review, it will “continue to create new ways to engage its stakeholders in a bid to improve on its service delivery, but in doing this it will not hesitate to bring to book those whose intentions are fraudulent, and who persist in trying to evade the payment of all proper duties” the statement reads in part.

Apart from this, the command explained that one of the challenges it faced last year was integrating the risk mechanisms of other government agencies like SON, NAFDAC and NDLEA and other government agencies that were formally littered at the ports. It says that this has made it difficult for the command to carry out properly the pre-scanning of containers.

Apart from the seizures made, the Apapa customs also said that during this period, 665,010.98 metric tons, 3,700 cartons, 3,386,579.96 kg, and 2,608,445.55 sq meters of 24 different commodities were exported through its command and they include cocoa beans, cocoa cake, cocoa butter, sesame seeds, aluminum ingots, ginger, rubber, palm kernel, hard wood charcoal, hibiscus flowers, cotton, cashew nuts and processed leather.

The total value of the goods exported is placed at N132, 707,580,374.00, which is estimated to be 50% of the total export of the nation in the year.

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