Story By Roland Ekama.
As part of efforts to ensure faster clearance of goods to encourage the manufacturing sector, Caraway Ranona Group has suggested that both Lilypond Terminal, Ijora and the Kirikiri Lighter Terminal (KLT) be designated as special facilities for goods on fast track platform.
General Manager, Operations and Regulatory Affairs of the Olam and Sanyo Joint Venture, Prashant Thakur, in an exclusive chat with Business and Maritime West Africa, in Lagos said that such facilities would assist manufacturing firms in seamless production.
Thakur called on the Nigeria Customs Service to consider manufacturers in that regard in order to give investors the ample opportunity to ensure timely cargo clearance.
According to him, the infrastructural decay in the ports pose serious threat to manufacturers.
He pointed out that "in the last two months or thereabout, it has been hell clearing goods from the ports because clearing of goods takes more than three weeks".
"Importers on Fast Track program could just go to those facilities and pick up their consignments without stress unlike the cumbersome processes faced at the seaports.
"Those facilities will help us in so many ways to get our cargoes out on time.
"We are scared to go to Apapa due to the infrastructural deficiency within the two ports and government need to ensure that the roads are in good shape", Thakur said.
He lamented that clearing of cargoes from the two ports have become a nightmare to investors who import materials production, adding that the best way for Customs to assist manufacturers who enjoy the fast track program would be by designating the two terminals for such purposes.
Speaking on the development, a foremost freight agent, Chief Boniface Okoye, maintained that the two terminals are underutilised hence would serve as a veritable tool to complement fast tracking of cargoes owned by such investors.
Okoye noted that multinationals like Olam Group are major players to Nigeria's economy and should be given preferential treatment to encourage their business.
PIX: General Manager, Operations and Regulatory Affairs of the Olam and Sanyo Joint Venture, Prashant Thakur