At Tin Can Port, Customs Orders Repatriation of 30 Containers of Wood Exports

…Battles Recalcitrant VIN Valuation Hackers

The Customs Area Controller of Tin Can Island Command of Nigeria Customs Service, Compt Adekunle Oloyede has said that 30 containers of wood exports have been ordered back to Nigeria due to unlawful exportation.

He said that so far, only seven of the affected containers have arrived, even as customs is still on the matter.

The customs boss also recounted how recalcitrant clearing agents and system hackers have continually breeched the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Valuation system of the service in order to sidetrack payment of duty on imported vehicles.

He however revealed that quite a number of the hackers have been arrested and cooling their feet in detention.

Briefing journalists on Friday, Comptroller Oloyede noted that the tonnage of export through the command in 2022 dropped because of the ban on wood and wood products exports.
The figure reeled out showed a decrease in Tonnage of Export from 1,723,986.8 in 2021 to 336,179.5 in 2022.

Compt Kunle Oloyede, Tin Can Customs Area Comptroller

He said the decrease in tonnage could be connected to current Government Fiscal Policy which prohibited the export of wood and wood products as well as the Global unrests with its concomitant Economic challenges.

“There was a ban on wood and wood products, especially charcoal, we checked our system last year and we saw that the volume of wood and wood products were very high, this was why the tonnage dropped because we blocked the movement of wood and wood products out of Nigeria.

“When I resumed here, I ordered that about 30 Containers of wood should be brought back, it was already out of the country, but I instructed that it should be brought back, we are still on it, and about seven of them have been brought back to the shore, I have the power to do that, all I need to do is talk to the customs administration of the receiving country, and they would never allow that vessel to berth” he said

On exports, Compt Oloyede said the Command in 2022 recorded $589,696,648 (N242,365,322,333.00) as against the S$496,075,796 (N141,985,109,159.00) recorded in the year 2021.

This represents an improvement on the FOB by 34.4% and this increase is attributed to the high quality and value of the exported commodities.

The commodities exported through the Command include Cocoa Beans, Insecticides, Dried Ginger, Empty Bottles, Soya Beans, Cashew Nuts, Cigarettes, Rubbers, Cocoa Butter, Frozen Shrimps, Copper Ingots, Aluminium Ingots, Sesame Seeds and other manufactured items. Cocoa Beans was the highest exported commodity while the legend stout was the least exported commodity.

While speaking on the activities of system hackers on imported vehicles and it’s VIN Valuation, he said “At the initial stage when we introduced the 846, there was a lot of problems here and we had to suspend it in order to rejig the procedure and reintroduce it. However, people still went ahead and forged my signature, there were arrests.

“Because it was a new introduction and process, we decided in our own magnanimity as a command to look into it and give another chance. We asked agents to write their application back to us and we would make sure that the correct duty is collected with a penalty, which is 25% of the duty you are supposed to pay.

“We found out that the owners of the vehicles are not the real perpetrators of these crimes, if we decide to use the big harmer, we might just be punishing the common man that invested his money into importation.

“We went back to our drawing board to make sure we automate the process to remove human error, so we automated the 846. In the room while I was doing the sensitization, they dared me and told me that I should give them one week and that they would circumvent the system, and they did.

“But, right now, I have them in enforcement, because wether you like it or not, you can only succeed for a period of time.
They never knew what I did to protect that application, lo and behold, they are crying now, I have received calls from everywhere, including the presidency, and I said No.

“Those doing the hacking are telling us now that there is another way to break into the system, I have told them to go and try again” Compt Oloyede stated

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