FG to sanction liners without advanced manifest

A new guideline to facilitate import and export trade at the seaport is being considered by Federal Government as shipping lines, which fail to transmit their advanced cargo manifest, may be denied berthing rights. BAYO AKOMOLAFE reports As the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) is making efforts to collaborate with other stakeholders to further reform the import and export processes in the port industry, terminal operators now have only 12-hour notice to place cargo for examination. The guideline is part of Federal Government’s decision to reduce the time taken to import…

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Importers experience abnormal cargo dwell time

Despite the 24-hour cargo clearance procedure, importers are still experiencing abnormal cargo clearance at the seaports. It was gathered that the government agencies were creating problems for importers. The President of Shippers’ Association of Lagos State, Jonathan Nicole, said in Lagos that cargo dwell time was too long because Nigerian ports were operating in an abnormal situation. Nicole explained that the Port of Sri Lanka, which handles about six million containers annually, had more plants and equipment that enable its terminals service vessels in two hours. According to him, “the…

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Illegal fishing: EU to assist Nigeria, others

The European Union is to provide fund to crack down on illegal fishing in Nigeria, Benin and other West African coast. It was gathered that European countries import about $953.71 million of fish products legally each year from countries in West Africa based on quotas. West Africa has some of the richest waters in the world, which have long been fished by local boats. However, stocks are being depleted as industrial trawlers, some of which are operating illegally comb the oceans from the seabed to the surface. Meanwhile, authorities in…

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Firm to Customs: Concession scanning service

SIFAX Group has urged Federal Government to concession scanning service being handled in all seaports by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to private firm. Executive Director, SIFAX Haulage & Logistics Limited, Major Henry Ajetunmobi (rtd), made this call in Lagos at the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce’s Advocacy Roundtable. He noted that the poor performance of the scanning machines had subjected NCS and other agencies to a 100 per cent examination of cargoes, which does not only wastes time but also encourages smuggling. He said most scanners at the ports are…

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Customs lose N11bn revenue in 3 months

Revenue collected by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Apapa Area Command, has dropped by N11.1 billion in the first quarter of the year. The service collected the sum of N77.4 billion as revenue at the Lagos Port Complex as against the N88.5 billion generated in the same period of 2016. The command’s Public Relations Officer, Nkiruka Nwala, however, said that the command was unable to meet its target due to general economic downturn, which has stifled importation. A breakdown of the revenue generated by the command within the first quarter…

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Importers fault FG’s policy on tariff lines

Importers of processed vegetable and poultry products, tooth pick, eggs and other items restricted by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) from its foreign exchange window have actually been indirectly creating jobs for foreign countries in the past. The restriction was introduced in 2015 to support the naira after it was hammered by a fall in oil prices. The policy has, however, led to the closure of plants in various sectors, as some manufacturers are unable to import raw materials or spare parts needed to stay in production. It was…

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NPA moves to check human traffic at Apapa Port

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has commissioned a Safety, Information and Operations Centre (SIOC) at the Lagos Port Complex, Apapa, to prevent influx of unauthorised people into the port. The move is part of efforts to boost port efficiency and enabling environment for business at the port. NPA’s Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman, explained in Lagos that the initiative was to provide visitors and customers an avenue to engage with the authority. Usman explained that the authority would continue to work towards making the port more competitive in line with…

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