The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, Col Hameed Ali (rtd) has moved to counter a directive by President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that all Inland Dry Ports (IDPs), work to achieve seamless trade in various areas of the country.
Ali has ordered that all containers and other cargoes destined for the IDPs should be opened and examined at the seaports in Lagos before continuing to the inland ports.
The Nigeria Customs Command in Apapa Port, Tin Can Island Port, PTML, Ikorodu Port, Murtala Mohammed Airport and the Federal Operation Unit Zone A have all been directed by the Customs boss to hold, open or unseal and examine all containers and other cargoes destined to Inland Dry Ports (IDPs).
The Inland Dry Ports are ports of origin and destination, meaning that goods are exported and received at the dry ports. Customs officials are present at the IDPs to perform the examination on all cargoes. IDPs are established to ease trade and to decongest the seaports while ensuring that a country’s ease of doing business is improved.
With the directive by the Customs CG, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), is at stake as the move will discourage foreign investors. With such delays the ease of doing business drops.
Inland Dry ports are established to ease trade and to decongest the seaports while ensuring that a country’s ease of doing business is improved.