Why vehicle importers shunned our ports, by clearing agents
“Tell Nigerians the truth,” Shittu said while reacting to the recent ban on vehicles importation through land borders in Asaba, Delta State at the weekend.He said importers avoid the nation’s ports because of undue bureaucracy in the operations of the customs.
Shittu stated that the poor condition of the nation’s ports and the disparity in freight charges on imports, which is very high, has made the seaports unattractive.Due to this, he said neighbouring countries are living on the nation’s economy by developing their ports and making them conducive for importers.
“Government and the customs should stop the bureaucracy in ports operations,” he stressed.He expressed disappointment that over 10,000 vehicles meant for Nigerian ports are now trapped at the borders with neighbouring countries because of the ban by the government.
Instead of the hasty decision, the customs service should advise the Federal Government to wait until modern facilities are provided in our ports, which would make them attractive to importers, he said.
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