Port Harcourt customs generates N44.2b in first half of 2022
The Nigeria Customs Service (Area 1 Command), Port Harcourt, has said it generated N44.2 billion in the first half of 2022.
The figure, according to the Area Controller of the Command, Ibrahim Mohammed, indicates a surplus of N5.9 billion when compared to the mid-year revenue of 2021, which was N38.2 billion.
Mohammed, in a statement by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Oscar Ivara, said the revenue surplus represents an increase of 15.56 per cent, when compared to the first-half report of revenue collected in 2021.
He pointed out that despite low inflow of cargo into the port, the command has been uncompromising in duty collection, thorough cargo examinations, and the need for stakeholders to be compliant in clearance processes.
He said: “The command’s export performance from January to June 2022, which comprised commercial, non-commercial and crude oil export, produced a total of 2,653,171 metric tonnes, which had a 10 per cent increase when compared to 2,407,305 metric tonnes recorded within the same period of last year.”
“Also, the Free on Board (FOB) of 2022 amounted to $1,466,285,452.00 (which represented an increase of 30 per cent), as against that of 2021, while the Nigeria Export Supervision Scheme (NESS) fees paid in the first half of 2022 was N244,578,120.62. This represented a remarkable increase of 63 per cent above that of 2021, which was N149,796,573.19.”