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Onne Customs records N78.167b revenue in first half of 2021

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Area II Command Onne Port, Rivers State has generated N78.167 billion revenue between January and June 2021.

Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Command, Ifeoma Onuigbo Ojekwu, disclosed that the amount is N31.5 billion higher than the N46.6 billion collected between January and June last year, representing a 67.52 per cent increase. 

It attributed the feat to strict enforcement of fiscal policies, implementation of government directives and diligent trade facilitation of head of the command, Comptroller Auwal Mohammed.

Besides the improvement in mid-year revenue generation between 2020 and 2021, the command also achieved feats in export and anti-smuggling activities.

In June 2020, it generated N14.5 billion, while statistics showed that goods worth N52.6 billion were exported through Onne Port between January and June 2021.

The exports include sesame seeds, ginger, cocoa beans, hibiscus, fluorite ore, lead ore, palm kernel shells, cottons, float glasses and aluminum ingot, among others, with a NESS value of N260 million and 331.356.39 tonnes with FOB value of $138 million.

On enforcement of anti-smuggling activities, the command made 19 seizures amounting to N8.299 billion Duty Paid Value (DPV) within the period under review, including over N3.7 billion worth of 1,387 cartons of tramadol concealed in 1,000 cartons of tiles in May 2021, among others.

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