President Buhari during the commissioning of the Kaduna Inland Dry Port in January 2018, stated that the development of the Inland Dry Ports (IDPs) is an important factor in Nigeria’s economic development efforts.
The concept of Inland Dry Port has gained widespread importance with the tremendous changes in international transportation as a result of the container revolution and the introduction of door-to-door delivery of cargo.
It provides importers and exporters located within the nation’s hinterland the ease of doing international business, with access to shipping and port services without necessarily visiting the seaports.
The Inland Dry Port enables importers to process clearance of their cargo and take delivery of their raw materials and machinery close to their places of business. It will also provide the exporters the much needed facilities to process, package, consolidate and forward their exports to their customers all over the world without having to physically be at the seaports.
He further urged for Customs and Ports officials to make the facilities work and not to frustrate business, commercial and industrial enterprises with unnecessary bureaucracy and inflicting on them delays and hardships, thereby defeating the object of the whole exercise as has happened in the past.
However, the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, Col Hameed Ali (rtd) has moved to counter the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that all Inland Dry Ports (IDPs), work to achieve seamless trade in various areas of the country.
In addition to the Kaduna Inland Dry Port, six other Inland Dry Ports in Ibadan, Aba, Kano, Jos, Funtua and Maiduguri, are at various stages of completion.
With the full complement of the seven Dry Ports, congestion at the seaport and traffic gridlock in the port complex will be eliminated. Consequently, the cost of transportation and therefore cost of doing business is reduced.