Shippers’ Council Unveils Manual for Efficient Inland Dry Ports

July 22, 2022
Inland Dry Ports

By Adedapo Adesanya

The Nigeria Shippers Council (NSC) has unveiled an operational manual for Inland Dry Ports to enhance efficiency at the ports across the country.

Speaking at the official launch of the manual yesterday in Kano, the Executive Secretary of the council, Mr Emmanuel Jime, said it would address operational gaps, and boost transparency and accountability in the sector as it would provide detailed processes and procedures for the main activities of the inland dry ports.

“The strategic importance of producing the manual which articulates the step-by-step procedures for receiving, storing, handling and delivery of cargoes as well as highlighting the operations, the responsibilities of agencies and timeline for discharging such tasks was a sine qua non,” he said.

Represented by Director Inland Transport Service, Mr Philip Eduwa, Mr Jime said the operators and the regulators are compelled to abide by the operational processes as contained in the manual.

The NSC boss explained that activities in the operational manual include container import by rail, container export by rail, container import by truck, container export by truck, customs controls, and empty container storage.

Mr Jime said the manual specifically describes the functions and activities of the dry ports, layout design, and align dry ports operations to international best practices.

According to Mr Jime, the manual will be used as a measure of performance by the regulator and will be subjected to future review.

He said the port projects were conceived as part of the federal government’s reform programmes in the transport sector to promote efficient transportation and engender trade facilitation.

Mr Jime said the Federal Executive Council granted approval for the establishment of Inland Dry Ports in March 2006 at six locations across the country.

He listed the ports to include Isiala-Ngwa in Abia; Erunmu in Oyo, Heipang in Plateau, Funtua in Katsina State, Maiduguri in Borno, and Dala Dry Port in Kano State, which would soon be commissioned.

The executive secretary restates the commitment of the agency and the Federal  Ministry of Transport to provide the enabling environment for dry port projects nationwide to operate optimally.

On his part, the representative of the Minister of Transport, Mr Ewoche Victor, a Deputy Director in the ministry, said the projects were developed through Public Private Partnership using the build, own, operate, and transfer (BOOT) model.

He said the manual was based on best international practices adapted to the local context, but not fully customised for each dry port and each port would have its own specialities.

The Minister noted that effective operations of a dry port require seamless coordination between the seaport and other key stakeholders involved in port operations.

He described the launching of the manual as a milestone to fast-track the development and operations of IDP projects in the country.

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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