NPA opens Ikorodu Export Processing Terminal for export trade
- The terminal covers an area of 120,000sqm that includes an Export Processing Zone, Trailer Park, RoRo facility and Fuel Dump
EKO HOT BLOG reports that the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has flagged off the first non-oil export processing terminal in Ibeshe-Ikorodu, Lagos State.
At the official ceremony held on Friday, the Managing Director of NPA, Mohammed Bello-Koko, disclosed that the facility would enhance efforts to diversify the economy and reduce dependence on oil exports.
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This is coming before the official launch of the 10 certified Export Processing Terminals across Lagos and Ogun States.
Also, a statement by the General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications of NPA, Ibrahim Nasiru, stated that the efforts were geared toward meeting President Buhari’s agenda of widening the economic horizon.
Bello-Koko said: “The rationale is to have a one-stop-shop where all inspection, consolidation and stuffing of export-bound cargo will be conducted in a synchronized manner in order to eliminate all the delays that hitherto rendered Nigeria’s non-oil exports uncompetitive.
“We took cognizance of local content in the certification process of this terminal, and this is why I expect the host community to take ownership of this terminal.
“They should also support its operations, in view of the multiplier benefits to the host community.”
It was gathered that the Ibeshe-Ikorodu facility, designated as EssLibra Terminal, is an integrated logistics off-dock terminal, ready for all export activities such as stuffing, on-site customs clearance and barging services.
According to NAN, the terminal covers an area of 120,000sqm that includes an Export Processing Zone, Trailer Park, RoRo facility and Fuel Dump.
Also, the operator offers over 100 dedicated trucks, seven barges, two cranes and eight container handlers, among other on-demand cargo equipment.
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