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Shippers’ Council says cost, time are important factors in port efficiency.

Shippers' Council says cost, time are important factors in port efficiency.

 

 

Segun Oladipupo

Happy Diamond Age

 

 

The Nigerian Shippers’ Council has stated that information sharing, automation, good relationship among government agencies, others are the factors that can salvage the country from its present low logistics performance index rating.

Speaking at the Maritime session of the 29th Nigerian Economic Summit Group in Abuja on Monday, the Council stated that it is more concerned with the efficiency of the port.

Adaora Nwonu, Deputy Director, Trade Services, Nigerian Shippers’ Council who represented the immediate past Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of the Council, Honourable Emmanuel Jime at the session, submitted that the Council led the campaign for automation in the Maritime Industry even as she enthused that automation has achieved 89 percent progress in the port so far.

According to her, Nigeria’s 97th position in logistics performance index rating does not place it in the space where it can compete favourably with other nations.

She advised that agencies should work in harmony, share information and documents for seamless operation in the port.

“We at the Shippers’ Council are most concerned about efficiency of the port. We are concerned about the cost and time in importation and exportation of goods.

“As an economic agency, we are very much concerned about these factors, these are the things that actually make your port attractive

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“Our logistics performance index is currently low. Nigeria is currently placed at 97 while South Africa is 27. So we are really not in the space where we should be to compete effectively

“We continue to talk about automation and agencies talking to one another, ability to share documents and information

“We actually drove the issue of automation, we encouraged operators to up their automation and they have. So, automation is about 89 percent the last time we checked.

“There are other things surrounding it, the terminal operators treat the freight forwarders badly because when there is a system downtime, it is your problem, you pay for it even when the fault is from the terminal operators, ” she said.

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