Stakeholder calls for establishment of specific exports port

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Stakeholder calls for establishment of specific exports port

* Laments lack of vessels
for movement of  cargoes to Ikorodu terminal

Illustrative picture of export vessel

The Chartered Institute of Export and Commodity Brokers of Nigeria (CIECOBON), has called on the Federal Government to establish specific Port for exports, in order to encourage more export trade in the country.

The President of CIECOBON, Dr. Ayobami Omotoso made this assertion during a working visit to Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), in Lagos.

Speaking further, the CIECOBON President mentioned that lack of flat-bottomed vessels for transportation of cargo makes Ikorodu terminal inactive.

His words;  “lack of flat-bottomed vessels to transport cargoes from Apapa rendered the use of Ikorodu Lighter Terminal once designated for export, a dead on arrival decision.”

According to him, one of the shipping lines operating in the sub-region has been providing open roof-top vessels for Ghanaian exporters.
He pleaded with NSC to discuss the possibility of extending such services to Nigerian exporters, because the RIFA containers that should ordinarily be used are too expensive for many exporters.

During the visit, CIECOBON President sought NSC’s cooperation in promoting the export sub-sector.

He also called on Shippers’ Council to appeal to government on establishment of Export-specific Port to further encourage exports.

In his response, the Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of NSC, Hon. Emmanuel Jime, assured them that part of NSC’s mandate, being in alliance with that of CIECOBON, will result in a partnership that will benefit the nation’s economy. He commended the doggedness of CIECOBON in promoting export through advocacy and capacity building.

He enjoined the body to keep forging ahead in its mission with patriotic zeal, stressing that NSC will discuss the request for open roof-top vessels.

Recall that CIECOBON came into existence in 2015, following National Assembly approval for merger of Institute of Export of Nigeria (IEON) and Commodity Brokers Association. of Nigeria (CBAN).

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