Nigeria Customs collects N5.5bn revenue at Apapa Port in May, says spokesman

Nigerian Custom Officer

A larger amount, N6.4 billion, was collected in the corresponding period in 2012.

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said on Wednesday that it collected N5.5 billion as revenue in May 2013 from the Port and Terminal Multi Service Ltd. (PTML) Command at GRILMADI, Apapa, Lagos.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the command, Steve Okohma, said in Lagos that the command collected N6.4 billion in the corresponding period in 2012.

Mr. Okohma attributed the shortfall in the periods to the non-operation of the MAERSK Line Shipping Company.

“So many things could be attributed to this; number one we had two major groups here. We had MAERSK Line and GRILMADI Group.

“MAERSK Line was bringing their containers to us but some two months back they pulled out of this place for reason we cannot actually tell.

“All efforts were made by the CAC (Customs Area Controller) to find out the reason behind it. The MD (of MAERSK) was able to tell us that they owned bigger ships and those ships cannot berth here because of the handling equipment.

“And that most of the time, they will be doing trans-shipment for the ones that will be coming here and cost wise, is not profitable to them,” he said.

“He said that the clearing period at PTML had improved tremendously, adding that it took 12 hours to clear vehicles at PTML command.

Mr. Okohma said that 48 cargo clearances were still applicable at PTML, adding that it was the reason the harbor was referred to as a model port.

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