Activities return to Rivers port as Customs makes N18 billion
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Area 1 Command, Port Harcourt, generated over N18 billion between and January and March this year.
The Area Controller, Comptroller Yusuf Garba, who addressed reporters yesterday in the Rivers State capital, said the result was an improvement over the N16,180,827,894 and N13,237,465,044 posted for the corresponding periods of 2020 and 2019.
Garba pointed out that importation of cargoes was a major source of revenue collection, attributing the increase to the gradual return of port activities after the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said income in the first quarter of 2021 was N2 billion better than that of 2020.
Giving a breakdown, the controller said the command collected N6,433,037,926.11 in January, N5,031,701,309.59 and N6,705,858,563.36 for February and March.
Garba observed that some of the massive ships that berthed at the port included bulk wheat and frozen fish.
He said: “The command also generated the sum of N1,158,083,726.00 from the payment of excise duty through the International Breweries Limited. This figure surpassed the N 891,134,979 collected from January to March, 2020.”
The controller added that his command has been promoting trade facilitation and anti-smuggling activities by creating an enabling environment for ease of doing business besides regular engagement with stakeholders, especially the licensed customs agents.
He said the move had yielded positive result, as importers and their agents have been complying with trade guidelines.
Garba solicited the cooperation of relevant stakeholders and government agencies for better stewardship.
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