‘How I Surmounted Imported Vehicles Tariff Challenges At PTML Customs Command’—Compt Festus Okun

PTML Customs Area Controller, Compt Festus Oyedele Okun

…Says ‘I don’t Keep VIN Applications Overnight’

By DAPO OLAWUNI

The Customs Area Controller of Nigeria Customs Service, PTML Area Command, Compt Festus Oyedele Okun has told DAILY TREND the magic behind the peaceful business environment being enjoyed at his command by stakeholders over the newly introduced imported vehicles tariff by the Nigeria Customs Service called; VIN Valuation.

PTML Terminal is the biggest Roll-on Roll-off vehicle importing terminal in Nigeria.

Speaking with our correspondent at the command in Lagos on Thursday, Comptroller Okun said the secret behind the successful implementation of the VIN Valuation is constant consultations with the stakeholders at the command.

Compt Festus Okun speaking on achievement of his command

“I carry everybody along and consult widely, I never undermine anybody that they are too small, constant interaction and sensitization has helped us out a lot in successes of the VIN Valuation

“The Importers or agents write an application for the Non Standard VIN using the 846 code, immediately the application gets to me, I sign it, and it goes out, I do not keep any VIN application overnight” he said

The Customs Boss said his command collected a total of N117,568,218,513.00 into the federation account as half year revenue for January to June 2022.

When the VIN Valuation was deployed in March 2022, it was met with a lot of resistance from importers and freight forwarders due to the astronomical increase in duty payment on vehicles by as much as 300percent.

However since it was recalled by the customs high command, adjusted and redeployed in May 2022, PTML Command have gotten a smooth sail with implementation of the scheme.

A testimony of the wide acceptance of the VIN Valuation at PTML Command is the increase in it’s revenue target for the same month of May 2022. The command generated N22.5billion which stands as the highest revenue generated in the months of May since the command was created.

OKun states that VIN applications are dispatched immediately

Also speaking with DAILY TREND, the spokesman of the command, Mr Muhammed Yakubu confirmed that the VIN Valuation Implementation has increased revenue of the command.

“The implementation of the VIN Valuation added to our revenue, we started implementation in May 2022, in that month, we generated N22.5billion, this was the highest revenue generated for that month since the command was created.

“To prove that the VIN Valuation is becoming more friendly, we have generated a total of N27billion in the month of June, this is the highest since the creation of PTML Area Command”

“VIN Valuation has not come to be a challenge, it has come to modernize our processes and procedures, it is a technology aimed at helping us get the actual and appropriate value of imported vehicles.

“It is a process that is taking away discretion from everybody and valuation officers, you can no longer have that power of discretion.

“Before now, an importer can bring a car which value worth N1million, out of discretion, you could give him N800,000 based on your relationship, but this VIN Valuation has taken that away from everybody.

Compt Festus Okun

“As long as you have your standard VIN and input your transaction value, it would pop out what you should pay. If you are having a non standard VIN, this would lead you to writing an application, send it to the customs area controller, these are the ones that use 846, the Area Controller sends your application to valuation department where you would be given the actual value you supposed to pay.

“The 846 code came about because of the non standard VIN, the report we are getting from stakeholders is that they prefer the standard VIN than the 846 because nobody can compromise it. They believe standard VIN is more cheaper than the non standard VIN, however with time, we would input everything into the system” Yakubu stated

The customs image maker disclosed that the command maintained a sustained trend of increase in monthly collections in 2022 above 2021 except in the month of April 2022 when it collected N16,357,509,497 which came 8 percent lower than N17,938,794,417

A month by month breakdown of the cumulative collection in January, February March, May and June this year manifested increases ranging from 3 percent to 28 percent.

In January this year, the command collected N15,713,776,798 which is 3.3 percent higher than N15,205,823,545 collected in January 2021. For February of both years, N14,075,386,963 was collected in 2022 and N11,706,947,150 was collected in 2021 showing a 20 percent increase above previous year’s figure.

In March 2022, the command collected N21,840,828,908 which translates into 9.5 percent increase above the N19,937,869,175 collected in the third month of last year.

Comparative figures of May 2022 with that of 2021 shows the highest monthly increase of 28 percent. This year N22,550,759,092 was collected above N17,606,073,741 collected same month of last year.

For the month of June 2022, N27,029,957,255 was collected showing 21.5 percent increase above N22,253,694,223 that was collected in June 2021.

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