In a bid to encourage farmers and miners in diversifying the economy and to boost foreign earnings for the country, the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) has introduced fast track desks for exportation of agricultural commodities and solid mineral resources in the nation’s seaports.
This was revealed by the Managing Director of NPA, Ms Hadiza Bala Usman, during a presentation of a paper in Lagos recently.
In the paper tagged “Growing NPA’s Revenue; The Case of Eastern Ports: Prospects and Challenges,” Usman noted that seaports import and export guidelines should cover physical movement of goods and indicate flow of operations, specific activities, documentation requirements, timelines and associated changes.
The Managing director said that the move was part of her management’s current effort towards boosting trade facilitation and growing the agency’s revenue profile.
Usman affirmed that the process would enable visibility and transparency in port operations, stressing that the SERVICOM department of NPA will monitor and ensure the implementation and sustenance of all Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) initiatives on trade facilitation.
“Some of the reform initiatives along this include the fact that we have put in place fast track desks for export of agricultural commodities and solid minerals,” she said.