Shippers’ Council To Make Nigerian Ports Attractive

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The Nigerian Shippers
Council (NSC) has stressed the need to harness other potential areas of the Port sector with a view to bring down the cost of doing business and encourage efficiency in the Nigerian Ports.
The Executive Secretary of the Council, Hassan Bello who disclosed this in a chat with newsmen in Lagos recently said with improved efficiency and cost effectiveness, Nigerian importers who use neighbouring Ports to smuggle into the country goods would find Nigerian Ports attractive.
Bello disclosed that a new Port had been designed to eliminate all the wastages in the system so that the cost of doing business was reduced, pointing out that “The owner of the cargo should know when his cargo is due to arrive so that he can prepare well in advance to make arrangements to clear his goods in good time”.
The NSC scribe said as Port of measures to make the Port environment friendly for business, the council had made plans to strengthen complaints and arbitration mechanism.
According to him, the management is determined to end the diversion of cargoes to neighbouring countries as well as to make Nigerian Ports more efficient and to generate more revenue for the Federal Government.
He reiterated that the “Regulator needs to provide a level playing field amongst competitors as the regulators need to be independent, transparent, legitimate and credible”, adding that the global competiveness of Nigerian Ports has a major role to play in the attraction of Foreign Direct Investment.
“Port Reform no doubt has brought in tremendous benefits to the national economy”, Bello posited, and noted that Nigeria was suffering cargo loss to countries like Ghana, Cotonou, Cameroun among others due to the diversion by some importers and further expressed optimism that with improved efficiency and cost effectiveness, Nigerian importers would change their minds and patronise the Nigerian Ports.
According to him, Nigerian terminals charged more than Benin Republic by N38,695 for 20 feet containers and N39,695 for 40 feet containers and opined that Nigeria also ranked lowest in the free demurrage period compared with that of Benin Republic, Ghana and Ivory Coast.