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Shippers Decry Multiple Levies, Bureaucracy In Nigerian Ports

Posted: Mar 25, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)



Some Nigerian shippers said they preferred the Cotonou Port and other ports in neighbouring countries to avoid multiple levies and bureaucracy being experienced in Nigerian ports.

The shippers (importers and exporters) on Thursday in Lagos cited lower import duties and seamless clearance of cargoes as reasons for patronising the Port of Cotonou.

Mr Solomon James, the Chief Executive of Advance Motor Logistics, said that every investor was looking for ways to maximise profit, no matter how little.

James said that importers considered the return on investments and preferred to ship their goods through Cotonou port.

“Importers are also given some waivers by the Beninoire authorities to encourage them,” James said.

Miss Edith Azoro, the client service officer with Eagle Haulage, said that clearing cargoes from Cotonou port was much easier than from Apapa port.

“Documentation and release that takes less than one day to accomplish in Cotonou can take close to two or three days to accomplish in Lagos port,” Azoro said.

Mr Christian Itodo and Mr Emeka Opara, both of Genesis Worldwide Shipping, advised Nigerian authorities to make the nation’s ports user-friendly for importers, to curb capital flight.

Opara reminded freight forwarders that by patronising Cotonou port, Nigeria was losing huge revenue to Benin Republic.

He urged the Federal Government to “do the needful” in order to make Lagos ports attractive to importers.

Mrs Ngozi Okwara, the spokesperson of Western Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), said that efforts were on to make the Nigerian ports business-friendly.