By Philip Atume

The revenue of Tin-can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs service, NCS, has been increased by 17.3 percent.

The Customs Area Controller, CAC, Tin-can Island Command, Bashar Yusuf said they collected N183 billion between January and August this year, compared to N156 billion collected during the same period last year.

He said the highest collection by the Command during the period was N28 billion, which was recorded in August and the amount represents the highest by the Command in several years.

Mr. Bashar Yusuf noted that the revenue haul would have been more but for the global economic recession and the exclusion of 41 items from foreign exchange (forex) window.

He said the increased revenue is attributed to deliberate creative policies aimed at blocking all possible areas of revenue loss and the command's thorough revenue drive to closely monitor and avoid circumvention of procedure.

The Public Relations Officer of the Command, Uche Ejesieme in a statement, commended the Area controller for charging men of the command to brace up for challenges; as the customs management expects so much from them.

The Area Controller commended the improved level of compliance by stakeholders in the port, to fiscal policies of the federal government in terms of trade.

He also pointed out that high cargo traffic is usually expected at this period of the year and advised importers to desist from importing prohibited goods, warning them of the implication.