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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NDLEA plans to float marine unit

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…as Customs intercept N1.069bn cannabis sativa Worried by the huge seizures of cannabis sativa in the last two years, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has resolved to establish a marine unit in order to curb the influx of illicit drugs from neighbouring countries through Lagos waterways. Its Area Commander at Seme, Sir Udotong Essien, dropped the hint during the handover of 52 bags of cannabis from the Western Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service. He noted that some officials of the agency were currently being trained on…

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‘River Niger becoming conduit pipe’

A portion of Lower River Niger stretching Ajaokuta- Onitsha is to gulp another fund from NIWA through direct maintenance. The authority, last week, mobilised its dredgers to carry out maintenance dredging of the 152-kilometre waterways. Justification The new project is to provide a safe and alternative means of transporting goods through the river from one part of the country to another and to move cargoes coming to and departing Nigeria through the seaports. Already, silts have reduced the river’s retention capacity, thereby limiting the possibilities of transportation. It was also…

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Tariff hike shrinks Customs revenue

Volume of transit goods passing through Seme border has been reduced significantly due to high tariffs charged by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS). It was learnt that the tariffs charged at the border had gone up by 150 per cent within the Lagos-Abidjan corridor. This has also affected NSC’s revenue in the first quarter of the year. Chairman, Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Seme chapter, Alhaji Lasisi Fanc, said that the upward review of the value of imported goods by the Customs’ tariff and trade unit was not…

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Nigerian seafarers at crossroads over wages

As seafarers across the world continue to press for increased salaries to improve their standard of living, their Nigerian members are still at the mercy of shipowners. BAYO AKOMOLAFE reports Next year, a new minimum wage would be recommended for all able seafarers working on board ships across the world in order to improve their welfare. Currently, the International Labour Organisation (ILO)’s minimum wages for seamen is $1,078 for steward, while a master receives $6,633 monthly. However, majority of seamen in Nigeria may not benefit from the new salaries and…

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