‘Stakeholders’ Concerns On Pallettisation Will Be Considered’, Bello Assured

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The Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Mr Hassan Bello has assured that stakeholders concerns on the newly introduced cargo palletisation policy of the federal government will be considered, even as he denied media reports credited to him claiming that the federal government had suspended implementation of the policy.

Speaking in Lagos on Thursday at the stakeholders meeting on the operational modalities of the Kaduna Inland Dry Port, Bello said the position of the Federal Government on the policy, which came into effect on January 1, 2018, has not changed.

According to him, “I was quoted out of context. It is not true.  There is no going back on palletization. This is a cardinal issue of the ease of doing business. It concerns customs inspection. If goods are palletized, they are easier to clear.

“This is not only in Nigeria but it is happening everywhere in the world. What we are just saying is that we have noted the concerns of stakeholders and we have taken it to the appropriate authority and they have said they are going to look at the concerns of operators to mitigate whatever problem that may arise from the palletization policy.”
Recall that since the commencement of the palletisation policy, maritime stakeholders, especially port users  have kicked against the cargo palletization policy, which they say will add to the cost of doing business in Nigeria.

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