Stake­hold­ers chart path to of Kaduna dry­port’s ef­fi­ciency

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - MARITIME - By Su­lai­mon Salau

MA­JOR stake­hold­ers in the mar­itime in­dus­try are in Lagos, to chart path to ef­fi­cient util­i­sa­tion of the Kaduna In­land Dry Port (KIDP), be­ing the first in­land port in Nige­ria.

The gath­er­ing called for syn­ergy, and stressed the need for full com­mit­ment of op­er­a­tors in or­der to ac­tu­alise the vi­sion of the laud­able project.

Al­ready, some clear­ing agents have in­di­cated in­ter­est to re­lo­cate to Kaduna be­cause of the project, while the Nige­rian Ship­pers’ Coun­cil (NSC), has rolled out the op­er­a­tional man­ual for the dry port, which spelt out func­tions and du­ties of all stake­hold­ers to fa­cil­i­tate move­ment and clear­ance of cargo at the 29,000 tonnes ca­pac­ity dry port.

The Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary, NSC, Has­san Bello, said the op­er­a­tional man­u­als for the ICD is ready, and would be dis­trib­uted to all stake­hold­ers to al­low for ef­fi­cient de­liv­ery of ser­vices.

He said: “We are also talk­ing of ser­vice level agree­ment with the Nige­rian Rail­way Cor­po­ra­tion, the Cus­toms among others, so as to have op­er­a­tional syn­ergy.

“We are go­ing to have com­plete de­par­ture from for­mer cus­toms process that tends to be re­spon­si­ble for de­lays in cargo clear­ance,” he said.

The Port Man­ager, In­land Con­tainer Nige­ria Lim­ited, Ro­timi Rahimi, said there is no de­mur­rage for the pe­riod of move­ment of cargo to Kaduna, adding that three free days have been as­signed to im­porters to evac­u­ate their car­goes, after which de­mur­rage can be charged.

He said they have made the port op­er­a­tions eas­ier as a one-stop-shop where every process could be done at the premises.

He ad­vised the Nige­ria Cus­toms Ser­vice (NCS), to de­ploy of­fi­cers to the dry ports, point­ing out the need for the Ser­vice to se­cure the recog­ni­tion of dry ports by the Cen­tral Bank of Nige­ria (CBN), through in­clu­sion in the list of ports of ori­gin and des­ti­na­tion on the Form ‘M’ e-plat­form.

He con­tin­ued that: “The Nige­rian Ports Au­thor­ity (NPA), should de­velop in­voice rat­ing mod­els for sea­ports and ter­mi­nals as well as ship­ping com­pa­nies that would en­cour­age use of dry ports.

“NPA should also en­gage sea­port con­ces­sion­aires to pro­vide separate ac­cess for both in­ward and out­ward move­ment of dry port cargo.

“Ship­ping com­pa­nies should op­er­ate through the Bill of Lad­ing from ports of Ori­gin to ports of Des­ti­na­tion to process ship­ping doc­u­ments for im­port and ex­port re­lease at the dry ports.

“Ship­ping com­pa­nies must have their pres­ence in Kaduna to pro­vide ship­ping ser­vices to ship­pers, while the ter­mi­nal op­er­a­tors should al­low ship­ping com­pa­nies to move cargo from the ports with­out hin- drance.

“The con­ces­sion­aires should al­low 30-day rent pas­sage for dry port cargo and should also grant pri­or­ity ter­mi­nal ac­cess for trucks haul­ing dry port cargo,’’ Rahimi said.

The Chair­man, In­land Con­tainer Lim­ited, Tope Bor­ishade, noted that Nige­ria was al­ready loos­ing cargo to neigh­bour­ing coun­tries, and promised that KIDP would im­prove govern­ment’s rev­enue by at­tract­ing more cargo into the coun­try.

He so­licited for stake­holder’s co­op­er­a­tion to­wards achiev­ing the ob­jec­tives of the dry port.

Bor­ishade said that the Kaduna dry port would not com­pete with sea­ports, but will col­lab­o­rate to im­prove the ease of do­ing busi­ness.

The Gen­eral Man­ager, Spe­cial Du­ties, NPA, Capt. Em­manuel Ebubeogu, sought the full sup­port of the Nige­rian Rail­way Cor­po­ra­tion (NRC), on op­er­a­tional ef­fi­ciency of the dry port.

Con­troller, Tin­can Area Com­mand, Cus­toms, Bashar Yusuf, (left); re­ceiv­ing a let­ter of com­men­da­tion by the World Cus­toms Or­gan­i­sa­tion from the Comptroller-gen­eral of Nige­ria Cus­toms Ser­vice, Ah­meed Ali, in Abuja.

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