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Firm hosts town hall meeting on cargo palletization policy

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Maritime consulting firm, Ships & Ports has concluded plans to hold a one-day town hall meeting on the Federal Government’s policy on the palletization of imported cargoes in the country.

Coordinator of the event, Mrs. Shulammite Olowofoyeku, said the event has been scheduled to hold in Lagos on February 6, 2017.

The implementation of the cargo palletization policy, which officially commenced on January 1, 2018, has been trailed by mixed reactions since it was announced by the Federal Government.

Some stakeholders argued that the new policy would add to the cost of shipment into Nigeria as well as delay cargo clearance at the ports. The Federal Government, on the other hand, is of the view that the policy will allow for secured shipment and better inspection of imported consignments at the nation’s seaport.

Olowofoyeku said: “It is against the backdrop of the various arguments on the merits and demerits of the policy that the Town Hall Meeting is being spearheaded by Ships & Ports.

“We intend to examine the issue from diverse perspectives and benchmark it against the importation polices in developed countries and international best practice.

“The idea is to proffer solution that works in the best interest of Nigeria, Nigerians and the trading community.”

Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun is billed to open the meeting with a keynote address.

“The gathering is expected to draw participants from critical stakeholders along the importation value chain. These include government Ministries, Departments and Agencies agencies such as the Ministry of Trade and Investment, Nigeria Customs Service, Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Shippers’ Council.

“Also billed for the town hall meeting are representatives of the organised private sector including manufacturers, traders, shipping companies, terminal operators, shipping agencies, cargo agents, freight forwarders, customs brokers, marine insurers and haulage operators,” she said.


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