LAGOS – The National Association of Freight Forwarders and Air Consolidators (NAFFAC) has called for liberalization of ports of entry for the elimination of myriads of problems by the Nigerian port system.
Prince Bakare Adeyinka, National President of NAFFAC made the call in an interview with DAILY INDEPENDENT.
According to him, the government should convert some of the terminals for export, while others should handle specific imports.
He added that they should also load different levies to facilitate the delivery of the operators.
Prince Bakare noted that the description of some ports to handle specific cargoes have yielded positive results in China, adding that
"If we want to decongest Apapa port for instance, then we must clamor for specialized port administration to tackle the bottleneck we are facing in Apapa."
He also explained that port business can thrive when the ports are competitive; Tin Can Island port competes favorably with Apapa port.
According to him, the attention can be diverted to where a particular cargo is handled.
Citing instances on how to have a facilitated trade Facilitation, Bakare noted that: "China ports are in charge of the administration of Shanghai port handles is quite different from what Guangzhou port is handling.
"All these ports have different cargoes that they accept separately, they have some ports in China, and they have some ports in China.
The NAFFAC Chieftain is a person with a particular interest in the field of decentralization.
He said APMT, Ports and Cargo Handling Services and Tin Can Island Container Terminal (TICT) are specialist in containerized consignments and should concentrate on such cargoes.
Bakare also stressed the need for government to designate one of the terminals in Lagos for the export of Nigerian produce.
He noted that the conversion of specialized ports of administration would address challenges in Nigeria ports.