Customs Generates N24bn In Six Months

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The Nigeria Customs Service, Port Harcourt, Area One Command has generated the sum of N24.56 billion as revenue from January to June this years.

The Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr Harry Samuel told our correspondent in Port Harcourt, Wednesday, that much of the revenue came from import duties.

He said with the figure, the command was set to overshoot the annual revenue target of N48b given to it by the customs headquarters, Abuja.

“The command under the leadership of our area controller has been working hard to ensure that we achieved the revenue target given by the customs headquarters. We are very optimistic that we will surpass that target before the end of this year,” he said.

Samuel said the command generated the sum of N10.620 billion in June and averaged more than N3 in other months preceding June.

“The port under Area One Command is a user friendly one. We are encouraging importers to use it to bring their cargoes.

“It is a bulk cargo port but containerized goods can also be brought in,” he said.

The spokesman said the command had a policy of clearing goods within 48 hears, especially if the importer’s papers are correct.

“But we have zero tolerance for contraband goods. We impound them immediately,” he said.

He also said the command had cordial relationship with importers, clearing agents and other port users.

“We dialogue and interact with them regularly on the way forward and how to ensure smooth operations at the port,” he said.