The Chief Executive of the Nigerian Ports Authority NPA, Mr. Mohammed Bello-Koko, said the Agency was working diligently to address the bottlenecks facing exporters at ports.
Speaking at the 2022 Zenith Bank International Trade Seminar on non-oil export trade in Lagos, Bello-Koko said some of the measures put in place to address apparent challenges such as traffic jams and cargo duel time give desired results.
He called for synergy between incoming and outgoing vessels in Nigerian waters, saying this is necessary for the maintenance of vessel records.
Bello-Koko said, “We are working with the government to ensure the diversification of the economy and we encourage non-oil exports.
“In addition, not only for the deployment of the electronic call system, we have authorized 10 export processing terminals.
“Terminals are supposed to be at places where a person tracks, processes, packs, certifies, seals and ships directly to port.
The NPA helmsman revealed that three of the 10 export processing terminals being developed by the agency will soon enter service.
Bello-Koko noted that barges were also introduced at a cost borne by exporters, thus making exporting more expensive.
He explained that the export terminal would reduce the burden in the future.
He also called for the establishment of a national one-stop shop to facilitate the movement of goods in the country.