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Nigeria Customs Service receives hard knocks for primitive cargo examination method

Nigeria Customs Service receives hard knocks for primitive cargo examination method

Breaking News, Maritime, News Feature, Port News
Management of the Nigeria Customs Service has received hard knocks for insisting on 100 percent physical examination of cargo at the nation's, seaports, airports and border stations. Comrade Tony NTED, a former President General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria gave the thumbs down while speaking weekend with Shipping World. Comrade Nted wondered why after 100 years of its existence, the Nigeria Customs Service has refused to adopt globally accepted norms in the clearlance of goods. The frontline union leader says he is at a loss as to why the Nigerian Customs Service has opted for the most primitive method of cargo examination at a time cargo clearance has gone digital. Said he : " Why can't the Nigerian Customs Service deploy scanners at seaports, airports an...

Mad rush for deep seaports: Where are the cargoes?

Opinion
In March 2006, the nation's seaports were concessioned to private Terminal Operators after a bidding process that saw the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) letting go of its traditional cargo handling functions to become the port landlord. In the last 12 years, the privatisation programme in the ports sector has been credited with taking our yearly cargo throughput from 35 million TEUs to about 80 million, leading to unprecedented challenges at the Apapa and Tin Can Island ports. In the intervening years, there has been a gradual shift by governments and investors to invest in deep seaports in the country. This is to further broaden the shipping horizon so that bigger vessels can call at our ports with economies of scale. By definition, a deep seaport is one that has the capability to acco...