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Customs command transfers 55,000 containers from Apapa Port — Official

The Apapa
Area 1 Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has said  that it
transferred over 55,000 containers to other terminals in 2014, to avert
congestion in Apapa Port, Lagos State.

The
Comptroller of the command, Mr Eporwei Edike, disclosed in an interview that the exercise reduced the costs and time of doing business by owners
of the containers.
The
containers were moved to Lilypond Terminal, Ijora, Kirikiri Lighter Terminal,
Murtala Muhammed Airport Command
(MMAC),
Kano, Kaduna, Oyo, Ogun and other bonded terminals.
“These are
the containers that we have salvaged – 55,000 containers plus.
“The
containers were transferred to less busy terminals.
“So, that in
itself is a huge trade facilitation to reduce the time of doing business in our
ports and cost of doing business.
“If the
containers were to be here, demurrage would accrue from the owners.
“But when
they get out of this place, of course, it means less demurrage, less time, less
money, which is also good for the economy and trade.”
The
comptroller said the trade volume in the command increased in 2014, compared to
what it recorded in 2013.
According to
him, the command recorded N301.2 billion revenue in 2014, up from N230.5
billion it recorded in 2013.
Edike
attributed the increase in revenue to the performance of the Pre-Arrival
Assessment Report (PAAR) regime as well as improved welfare of the NCS men and
officers by the management. 

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