The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has said that the Nigerian ports are the most expensive globally.
According to the Director of Research and Advocacy LCCI Dr. Vincent Nwani who spoke with Nigerian NewsDirect on issues inhibiting the Nigeria Ports said
“Nigeria ports are the most expensive ports in the world now; over the last eight months, Nigerian terminal operators have increased fee by 150percent which has made the ports to be the most expensive globally
“Our research on Nigerian ports has shown predominant distortion, corruption, bribery in the ports which has made the port lose to neighbouring port, like Ghana and the Republic of Benin. About 65 percent of total time ittakes to import goods into the country are caused by delay and illegal fee
“Double charges imposed on importers or exporters of consignments by operators and government agencies operating in Nigerian seaports are illegal and this has led to the high cost of doing business in the country
“About 50 percent of money we gather for imports or exports is illegal fee and fine and there are impediments and this has boxed importers and freight forwarders into a corner such that they approach the business by trying to give illegal fee.
Nwani said 65 percent of goods meant for Nigeria, first of all land in Ghana or Republic of Benin there by, coming in to the country illegally leading to loss of import duties.
He however called on regulators to wake up, as multiple agencies at the ports and weighty documentation procedure had led to loss of consignments coming into the country.
In a telephone chat with the president National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents (NCMDLA) Mr. lucky Amiwero who confirmed that Nigeria ports are expensive for doing business said “Nigeria ports are expensive because of our procedures which are cumbersome, our charges are not being controlled, the scanners at the ports are not working and nowhere in the world will you find out that the scanners are not working here we are doing it manually which has affected us
Our traffic rate is being taken over by Togo and other neighbouring ports due to some of the things we are not doing well. He stated.
However the public relations officer NPA Chief Michael Ajayi refused to comment on the issue when called upon to react