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Airport customs generates N20.1b revenue in 6 month

Airport customs generates N20.1b revenue in 6 month

ABUJA: Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Murtala Mu­hammed International Airport Command, says it generated at least N20.1 billion revenue from its operations in the first half of this year.

The service at the air­port also disclosed that it earned over N5.209 billion in July this year, thereby becoming the highest rev­enue ever collected by the unit since formation.

The image maker of the command, Thelma Wil­liams, disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Lagos, over the week­end.

She also disclosed that the command had desig­nated First Bank Nigeria Plc as its revenue collector on import duty, which she said, are processed using the Passenger Electronic Baggage Entry System, PEBES.

Williams said duty pay­able, is calculated based on the tendered invoice value of some items, stressing that about N179,326, 833.00 million had been collected by the command at the international wing of the Lagos airport between January and July 2015 as revenue accruals on infor­mal trade alone.

Williams said the huge revenue capture was achieved as evidence of the diligence and hard work of officers and men of the command in the pe­riod under review.

She attributed the huge revenue as part of the on­going reforms, stressing that their performances affect trade facilitation, duty collection and the en­forcement of prohibition.

The stride by the Air­port Customs Command, Williams assured, would be sustained with the co­operation of stakeholders in the aviation and allied sector, just as she urged in­dustry players to partner with customs to achieve its goal of trade facilita­tion and revenue genera­tion for the country.

She said that where in­voices were not available, passengers are referred to the valuation unit where imports are assessed us­ing valid data in the sys­tem.

She added; “Recent events at the arrival and departure halls of the MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos, has made it necessary to clar­ify issues related to the operational modalities of officers posted to the ar­rival and departure halls with particular focus on methods of processing payment for merchandise in baggage, defined as merchandise accompa­nying inward bound pas­sengers for which import duty is supposed to be paid.

Also passengers are statutorily required to make declaration of all cash in excess of $10,000 both at points of entry and exit. The NCS implores travellers to be patient and honest during routine checks and questioning. Where travellers have complaints about the con­duct of officers on duty help desk and the officer of the Public Relations Department are available to help resolve all disputes that may arise thereof.

“For further clarifica­tion as to the items that are allowable, as personal baggage by travellers and the quantity that may be brought in without incur­ring taxes, the command wishes to refer members of the public to its web­site”