Freight forwarders seek development of eastern ports

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Joseph Olaoluwa

 Freight forwarders under the aegis of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents have asked the government to prioritise the development in of eastern ports as a means of enhancing its non-oil revenue sources.

In a statement signed by the National President, Iju Nwabunike, the association said the eastern ports were the low hanging fruits to actualise getting alternatives to Lagos ports.

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He said, “I recall that last year, the Nigerian Ports Authority, Onne Port complex, successfully berthed one of the biggest gearless Maerskline vessels with a capacity of 9,971 TEUs at the Federal Ocean Terminal, Onne.

“This shows the capacity of ports in that part of the country to take higher volume of trade. As customs brokers, I know we are ready on our part. In reality, we have become ready ahead of the government.”

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Nwabunike said that the Research and Planning Unit of ANLCA found that not less than 20,000 direct and indirect jobs would be provided in the South-South and South-East regions of the country if these ports are maximally utilised.

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