• Tue. Jul 23rd, 2024

PTML Customs Command Reports 49.7% Revenue Increase In First Half of 2024

The Port Terminal Multiservices Limited (PTML) Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has announced a substantial revenue collection of N152,648,517,532.05 for the period between January and June 2024. This marks a significant 49.7% increase compared to the N101,981,098,502.07 collected during the same period in 2023.

Customs Area Controller of the command, Comptroller Tenny Daniyan, highlighted that the 2024 half-year collection surpasses the previous year’s figures by N50,667,419,029.98. Comptroller Daniyan expressed optimism about the command’s ability to generate even higher revenue in the second half of the year. He also emphasized the importance of maintaining diligent cargo examination practices.

During his statement, Comptroller Daniyan urged examination and releasing officers to uphold diligence, responsibility, and heightened security awareness when handling any import or export cargo passing through the command. He reiterated the recent directive from the Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, MFR, emphasizing that officers must avoid any form of compromise in their duties, as national security is crucial for economic growth.

The comptroller warned that arms and ammunition in the hands of non-state actors pose a significant threat to the country, and illicit drugs are globally recognized as contributing to unlawful behavior. He stressed that the command continues to enforce the two-hour cargo clearance time for compliant roll-on roll-off (RoRo) cargoes, enhancing trade facilitation in line with the CGC’s time release study thrust.

Comptroller Daniyan also advised terminal operators, importers, exporters, licensed customs agents, freight forwarders, and all stakeholders to stay informed about government import and export prohibition directives. He warned that anyone found involved in illegal activities, such as the importation of arms, ammunition, or illicit drugs, will face the full consequences of the law.

“I urge all customs officers in PTML to maintain their commitment to thorough cargo examination. You are on red alert to continue doing the right thing as importers of illegal goods have become increasingly desperate. Let us make PTML a no-go area for these perpetrators, ready to seize such items and arrest those involved,” Daniyan stated.

Comptroller Daniyan expressed confidence that the command will achieve even greater revenue collection and trade facilitation in the latter half of 2024 by continuously improving service delivery and implementing government directives diligently. He affirmed that national security will not be compromised for trade facilitation, but rather, both will be pursued concurrently without one suffering for the other.

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor is a seasoned journalist and the CEO/Founder Belch Digital Communications, publishers of Hybrid News Nigeria.

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