Nigerian Customs Service Generated N1.2tr in 2018
Nigeria Customs service generated the sum of N1,202,271,240,478.30 for the year 2018, presenting N164,897,273,077.50 over 2017 collection which was N1,037,373,967,400.80.
Commenting on this historic feat, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) described it as the result of dogged pursuit of what is right rather than being populist by compromising national interest on the altar of individual or group interests.
The increasing annual revenue generation from the service in the last three years is the result of reform programmes which include but not limited to:
Upgrade on the electronic systems from Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS I) to NICIS II which has blocked leakages
Strategic deployment of manpower
Strict enforcement of extant guidelines by the Tariff and Trade department
Robust stakeholder engagement resulting to increased compliance
Increased disposition of Officers and Men to put national interest above selves.
In the same vain, the NCS reinvigorated anti-smuggling operations yielded a total of 5,235 seizures with duty paid value (DPV) of N61,543,633,401.31
These seizures include arms, ammunitions, more than 59 containers of Tramadol and other controlled drugs and 320,709 foreign rice etc.
Though smuggling remains a challenge, the service three layers security strategy continues to make smuggling unattractive to the would be smugglers.
While the service continues to deal decisively with smugglers, fellow citizens, especially border dwellers and port users are advised to support NCS by reporting any smuggling activity to the nearest Customs formation.
Together we can protect our economy and security by joining hands to fight smuggling and ensure that appropriate customs duty is paid on every dutiable import.
Accordingly, we appreciate compliant stakeholders that have supported the Service in 2018 and call on all Nigerians and especially international trade actors to help make 2019 better for the nation.
Public Relations Officer
For: Comptroller-General of Customs