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Council urges port operators to comply with cargo tracking policy


Lagos – The Port Consultative Council (PCC) on Monday urged port operators to adhere to the newly-introduced Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) to ensure safety of cargoes

Its Chairman, Chief Kunle Folarin, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos that the action would further make Nigerian ports attractive to shippers.

“Let everybody pay what you have collected money for and deliver the service for which you have collected money for.

“If you do not want this methodology that costs money, tell us another methodology that does not cost money.

“Let those who are collecting money for services bringing cargo into Nigeria; for services releasing cargo to consignee.

“Tell us, what is the purpose of what you are collecting?

“What service is it for; simple, no quarrel; we are dialoguing.

“Let us hear you; administrative fee, amendment fee, so many fees.

“Let anybody that wants to collect it, collect that money, let him provide that service.

“If we get value for that service, we shall keep quiet; if we do not get value, we shall talk.

“But that service (CTN) is a must; if anybody is gaining from it unethically, we shall expose that person, we shall expose that organisation.”

Folarin urged government agencies to prevent dangerous cargoes from entering the county in line with their legitimate duties.

“Can you go to Britain and they say they do not know what is coming into Britain?

“Every gramme of things that enter Britain, they know.

“Can you do it in United Arab Emirate?

“ Those countries that were not there when Nigeria was already there?

“Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is over 60 years, 1955 to now.

“I am supporting NPA because they are the owner of the ports; they must know what is coming into their ports.

“I am supporting Shippers’ Council because they are protector of the cargo; they must know what cargo is coming in.

“I am supporting NIMASA because they are controlling the labour and the environment of the port; they must know what cargo is coming.

“The Customs must also know what cargo is to be examined; if they want to examine. Supposing is explosive, they just walk in there `gbam`.

“If they do know what is there and then people died and because they say we do not want to track the cargo.

“If they had loaded the explosives in Turkey coming to Lagos, then we shall know.

“Do we know when they are bringing the toxic wastes.

“And they say we should not track it, we are going to track these ones.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) was introduced by the Nigerian
shippers Council (NSC) as the ports economic regulator in November 2015.

It was a bold attempt to end decades of trade malpractices in which the Federal Government lost billions of naira annually.

CTN has the backing of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) under the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code of 2004.

It also has the backing of the Maritime Organisation of West and Central Africa (MOWCA) and has been introduced in some West and Central African countries.

It came up following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack in the U.S.

The CTN was introduced in Nigeria in 2009 but later suspended because of some high charges imposed on shippers and now re-introduced by the Shippers’ Council. (NAN)

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