Freight forwarders seek movement of export seats to Lilypond Customs Command

ACG Eporwei Edike  with the CAC , Mrs Ronke Olubiyi at the Customs Command,
 Lilypond, listening to the freight forwarders
Freight forwarders operating at the Lilypond Terminal has requested that the Nigeria Customs Service move the export seats within the Lagos zone to Lilypond Command.
The freight forwarders made their plea to Mr Eporwei Edike, the Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs in charge of Zone A, while he was on tour of the Commands in the zone.

The freight forwarders said their request was to enable them survive the hardship they were going through as a result of low-level of activities at the command.

One of the freight forwarders, Mr Babatope Ogungbemile, said the facility and even the customs officers had been redundant due to the situation at the terminal.

Responding, Edike said such request could only be addressed through processes from the headquarters because their operations where guided by different law provisions stating what they should do.

He, however, said that approved customs agents could apply individually for container transfers to Lilypond in the face of difficulties, to request for stemming of containers from Apapa port.

He remarked that the general economic challenges that caused imports to drop, had made the yard occupancy to reduce to only 40 per cent in Apapa even as late as September 2015.
He encouraged the freight forwarders to be positive about the business terrain in the nearest future, since the various ministers had settled to work.

The Controller of the Command, Mrs Ronke Olubiyi, thanked the zonal coordinator for the visit and the encouragement to all the stakeholders including the officers of the command.