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Nigeria Customs Services and Nigeria Ports Authority to Enhance Export Processing Terminals

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Nigeria Customs Services and Nigeria Ports Authority to Enhance Export Processing Terminals
The Nigeria Customs Services (NCS) and Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) have expressed their commitment to enhance the output of designated export processing terminals through partnership. This move aims to streamline operations and boost efficiency at the nation's seaports. The NPA's Managing Director, Muhammad Koko, sought the support of Customs to upgrade facilities at the Ikorodu Lighter Terminal to attract higher patronage and decongest Lagos ports. The NCS Ag. Comptroller-General, Bashir Adeniyi, emphasized the need for collaboration between the two organizations to avoid delays in the diversion of goods and improve the overall export process.

The Nigeria Customs Services (NCS) and Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) have joined forces to enhance the output of designated export processing terminals in a bid to streamline operations and boost efficiency at the nation's seaports. This collaborative effort aims to address existing challenges and improve the overall export process.

The commitment to partnership was reaffirmed during a courtesy visit by the NPA's Managing Director, Muhammad Koko, to the office of the Ag. Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adeniyi, on Monday.

During the meeting, the Ag. CGC emphasized the importance of synergy between both organizations in refining the activities of exporting goods and avoiding delays in the diversion of goods. He proposed the formation of a joint team that would engage other government agencies and explore the installation of trackers to expedite the process and improve efficiency.

"We need to form a joint team that will engage other Government Agencies to refine the activities of exporting goods through the installation of trackers to avoid delays in the diversion of goods. I want to assure you that the Management Team of the Nigeria Customs Service will work with you," said the Ag. CGC.

In response, Muhammad Koko sought the support of Customs in upgrading facilities at the Ikorodu Lighter Terminal, with the aim of decongesting Lagos ports and attracting higher patronage. The Ikorodu Lighter Terminal has faced criticism from stakeholders for its lack of flat-bottomed vessels to transport cargo to and from the Apapa Port, among other reasons.

The Terminal was downgraded from its commercial command status to serving as a Federal Government warehouse in 2018. This decision was a reaction to the decrease in cargo volume and subsequent underutilization of manpower.

During the meeting, the NPA boss highlighted the need for synergy among various Customs Units to ensure the swift passage of cleared consignment at the Ikorodu Terminal. This coordination and collaboration will play a crucial role in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of operations.

This partnership between the NCS and NPA signifies a shared commitment to optimize export processing terminals, streamline operations, and enhance the performance of seaports. By working together, these key stakeholders aim to address existing challenges within the export process and drive positive change for the Nigerian economy.

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