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Shippers’ Council Donates Toyota Hilux Van To Marine Police




The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) has donated a Toyota Hilux patrol van to the Marine Police Command to aid their operations at the nation’s ports.

The Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Council, Mr. Hassan Bello, while handing the key of the vehicle to the Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG Kola Sodipo of Marine Police Command at the NSC’s Headquarters, said that the vehicle was donated to the police as part of the Council’s Corporate Social Responsibility and especially on the resolve of the Council to maintain maximum security in the port community.

He said that as a port regulator, the Nigerian Shippers’ Council has resolved to transform the Nigerian ports to make them attractive and efficient and enjoined the Nigeria Police to be a dependable partner with the Council in order to achieve this target.

He maintained that the Council’s collaboration with the Marine Police Command would help to address many security challenges at the Nigerian ports.

Hassan Bello commended the Nigeria Police, Marine Command for the role they have played at the ports in maintaining security in the port community.

In his response, the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Marine Police Command, AIG Kola Sodipo expressed appreciation to the Management and Staff of the Council for the vehicle donated to them and assured that the vehicle would be put into maximum use for the security patrol in the port environ

He then called on other agencies to emulate the Council’s gesture in this regard by assisting the Nigeria Police.

It would be recalled that the Nigerian Shippers’ Council had earlier donated a pick-up van to the Federal Roads Committee Surveillance Action Against Road Abuse to aid their operations in addressing the perennial gridlock in Apapa.

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The Advantages Of SEA Freight

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The shipping and transport industry boasts a rich heritage founded in the very beginnings of international, transnational, and domestic transportation. Specifically, in parts of the world where the location of cities and abundance of natural waterways is conducive to shipping by boat, it’s only natural that it would become a critical part of that area’s shipping and trade infrastructure. In modern times, in spite of the rapidly developing sea and air transportation industries, sea freight continues to be a critical part of both local and world trade economies.

Sea freight is advantageous for several reasons, the most important of which are probably its cost, low environmental impact, and versatility.

Cost benefits
Depending on the origin and destination of the cargo, sea freight can be a lot more economically practical than or air freight. By giving the flexibility to ship in bulk, sea freight services provide economic solutions and keep the landed costs of your product down. Unless product availability requires a fast turn-around, smart businesses tend to plan ahead and choose sea freight over air freight.
Environmental benefits
Shipping by boat can also be far less damaging to the environment than other forms of shipping. By burning less fuel and consequently producing less harmful greenhouse gasses, freight transporting ships make up a much smaller contribution to air pollution than other shipping industries. An air freight service emits a higher amount of polluting gasses with less space capacity compared to sea freight services which are considered a much greener transportation mode with a higher carrying capacity
Seafaring cargo vessels are incredibly accommodating when it comes to the size and nature of freight, as well. While air freight is constrained and more strictly suited to the delivery of large quantities of small goods, maritime freight vessels are versatile enough to ship a wide variety of cargo in addition to consumer goods. Cars, trucks, agricultural and industrial equipment as well as vast amounts of raw materials can all be shipped by sea. In fact, while large shipments of small manufactured goods by air and ground both domestically and internationally are commonplace, the shipment of industrial goods, raw materials, fuels and other large freight is altogether impractical using these forms of transportation.
If planned with enough lead time, businesses can reduce their carbon footprint by choosing sea freight shipping modes to transport their goods.


More time for document processing

Documentation plays an important role in any sea freight or air freight shipment. CAT (complete-accurate-timely) documentation is an industry process that guarantees hassle-free and timely deliveries. Air freight is undoubtedly the fastest transportation mode, however, unless your freight forwarder uses automated electronic processes to complete the transaction, customers are likely to experience documentation related delays. In some cases, it can defeat the entire purpose of using air freight services instead of sea freight. Customers ideally consider the complexity of documentation involved while using any mode of transportation and take advantage of longer sea freight transit times which allows more processing time to achieve CAT documentation.








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The boom in exportation and importation has given rise to the global increase of shipping carriers and logistics service provider. There are quite a number of factors to be considered while choosing a sea shipping line.

Enlisted below are few major factors needed to be considered:


Shipping Route: This is an important factor to be considered when selecting shipping carriers.  Some sea shipping lines ply along certain routes/destinations be it local or international shipping. It is imperative to opt for carriers that would go to your designated destination. Having this in mind while choosing, would help incorporate the best-fit shipping carriers in your option.


Reputation: Just selecting a sea shipping carrier with the cheapest rate might end up with bigger trouble as most times the consignment might get lost or take a long time to arrive or delivered. It is advisable to do a background check on each carrier you have in mind before engaging them. Endeavor to check for the registration and licensing of that shipping line to make sure that the carrier is compliant with all laws governing the shipping industry.  Also, check for other related documents issued by some associations which the shipping line must have.


Transit Timing and Holding Facilities: Timing is an important factor to check out for, as clients want their products delivered as early as possible. Hence, it is imperative to know the timeframe between the expected time of delivery and expected time of arrival from the carriers. Some shipping lines carry out direct shipping to a particular destination while other undergoes stoppage, which involves stopping in the different location to trans-load/offload some goods. This also affects the time of arrival of the consignment to a specified/final destination.

It’s also important to know that if your container arrives at the location earlier if you will have to pay for it to be held or if it’s worked into the overall price of the service. If there’s a chance you may be late picking up your items also ask what the fee is and where you will pick them up at. If your items need to be



Tracking Services:  It is always better to opt for carriers who offer remarkable tracking services. This enables the consignee to monitor his consignment while on transit. Most big shipping companies have an online site where customers can track their goods and status of arrival. This way, it will be easier for them to monitor if their consignment is on the way. With this tracking method, you can easily coordinate with your customers on shipping and delivery concerns.


Insurance: Insurance is also an important but overlooked criterion. Please note that all shipping carriers must provide insurance, peradventure the goods gets missing or damaged.  After all, you want to give yourself and customers that extra peace of mind that the item will be paid for if lost or damage.

P.S: Some insurance don’t offer insurance to vessels older than a specified age limit, it is mandatory to know the vessel’s age to be used for transportation. Using old vessels increases the risk of the vessel capsizing.


Variety of Container Size and Capacity

Selecting the right container is also necessary. Some goods can only be shipped by different kinds and sizes of containers. Depending on what you really want to ship and what you can leave behind will determine what size container will be needed for your carrier. Refer to Container sizes and usage for more information.





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Senate Rejects Ban On Vehicle Importation Through Land Borders

Ban On Vehicle Importation Through Land Borders

The Senate has called for the reversal of the Federal Government policy banning the importation of vehicles into the country through land borders.

According to the Senate, the ban, which took effect on January 1, 2017, will lead to the loss of about 500,000 jobs.

The lawmakers, who criticised the policy during plenary on Wednesday, described the ban as anti-poor.

The Senate acted on a motion titled: ‘The ban on the importation of vehicles through the land borders into the country’.

The motion was jointly moved by Senators Barau Jibrin (Kano North), Kabiru Gaya (Kano South), Sabi Abdullahi (Niger North), Shehu Sani (Kaduna Central) and Ali Wakili (Bauchi South).

The lawmakers unanimously rejected the policy and asked the Nigeria Customs Service to immediately suspend its implementation.

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to listen to the cries of Nigerians and reverse the policy.

“From the contributions made, it is obvious that the policy is unpopular. We are representatives of the people and the people have spoken through us that they do not want this policy. I think those in government should listen to them,” Ekweremadu said.

The Senate also directed its Committee on Customs and Excise to investigate the circumstances that led to the decision of the Federal Government to place a ban on the importation of vehicles through the land borders.

Many lawmakers who took turns to speak on the policy condemned it.

The immediate past Senate Majority Leader, Senator Ali Ndume, said, “Let us not forget the fact that the Constitution says the primary responsibility of the government is for the security and welfare of the people. This policy will render so many small businesses useless. My constituents are disturbing me to ensure that this policy is reversed.

“Why can’t Nigeria look at its policy to ensure that our laws are reformed? The era where people stay in their offices and make policies that are detrimental to the welfare of the people is gone. I call on this Senate to pass this motion with teeth. This resolution should be implemented when passed.”




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60% Duty on Imported Rice I’ll Boost Local Production


The All Farmers Association of Nigeria has said that the 60 per cent import duty on imported rice will promote local rice and make it more competitive.

The President of the association, Mr. Kabiru Ibrahim, who stoke with media, said a combination of high exchange rate and high import tariffs on agricultural products, including rice would make Nigeria attain self-sufficiency in food production.

According to him, this will reduce the activities of importers as importation will no longer be profitable.

He said, “In fact, it will reduce the importation of rice. It will become very costly and it will be difficult to compete with the local rice. Besides, buying it in dollars and having to pay a higher tariff will make it less attractive to the people because it won’t be profitable.”

The Federal Government had increased the tariff on imported luxury items as well as food commodities with the duty on rice rising from 10 per cent to 60 per cent.

Other commodities affected are sugar cane and salt from 10 per cent to 70 per cent; alcoholic spirit, beverages and tobacco from 20 per cent to 60 per cent.

Meanwhile, due to the shortfall in the supply of paddy rice to meet the huge demand for processed rice in the festive season, some rice millers had urged the government to give them import licences to enable them to bring unprocessed brown rice into the country.

The Personnel Manager, Umza International Farms Limited, an indigenous rice mill, Mr. Ali Aliyu, explained that one of the reasons for the increase in local rice from N14,000 to N16,000 per 50 keg bag was the insufficiency of paddy to meet consumers’ demand.

He said, “The paddy rice is not sufficient for the millers and we wanted about 800,000 tonnes of paddy rice in 2016 and up until now, we have not got up to 40,000 tonnes.”

But Ibrahim said, “We will not support the importation of brown rice; let them be patient because there will be enough paddy rice. So many people are now engaged in the production of paddy rice. The CBN anchor programme is taking shape and it has recently been launched in Kaduna State.

“In many states, paddy will be available and the millers should try to be part of the anchor programme because they are the users and the farmers are their suppliers. Nobody should give them any licence because it will negate the purpose of the programme.”

President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated the CBN anchor programme aimed at creating economic linkage between over 600,000 smallholder farmers and large-scale food processors.

The Governor of the CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, had said the initiative would increase agricultural output and significantly improve capacity utilisation of integrated mills.

He also noted that it would close the gap between the level of local rice production and domestic consumption.



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The Simple Steel Box That Transformed Global Trade



Perhaps the defining feature of the global economy is precise that it is global.

Toys from China, copper from Chile, T-shirts from Bangladesh, wine from New Zealand, coffee from Ethiopia, and tomatoes from Spain.

Like it or not, globalisation is a fundamental feature of the modern economy.

In the early 1960s, world trade in merchandise was less than 20% of world economic output, or gross domestic product (GDP).

Now, it is around 50% but not everyone is happy about it.

There is probably no other issue where the anxieties of ordinary people are so in conflict with the near-unanimous approval of economists.

Arguments over trade tend to frame globalisation as a policy – maybe even an ideology – fuelled by acronymic trade deals like TRIPS and TTIP.

But perhaps the biggest enabler of globalisation has not been a free trade agreement, but a simple invention: the shipping container.

It is just a corrugated steel box, 8ft (2.4m) wide, 8ft 6in (2.6m) high, and 40ft (12m) long but its impact has been huge.




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FG Begins Yola Inland Cargo Port Construction


The Federal Government has begun the construction of a federal inland port in Yola, the Secretary to the Adamawa State Government, Umar Bindir, has disclosed.

Bindir said the construction of the inland cargo port, which was earlier affected by the insurgency that ravaged the North-East, confirmed the return of peace to the state.

He added that the state suffered economically from the insurgency, causing the flow of investment to nosedive.

Estimating the loss due to the insurgency, the SSG, said the state might have lost over $9bn, which he noted was thrice the size of the state’s Gross Domestic Product.

“If I were to quantify the economic loss recorded by the state, I will put it based on the measure of our GDP of $3bn to be around $9bn, which is probably thrice our GDP,” he stated.

According to Bindir, setbacks in agricultural production caused by the Boko Haram crisis have cut the state’s monthly internally generated revenue from N1bn to less than N200m.

Bindir said, “This state really suffered the impact of the insurgency as investment inflow into the state seriously nosedived. Today, the construction of an inland cargo port by the Federal Government in the state is ongoing, which clearly ascertains the return of peace to the state.

“Also signaling the return of peace is the fact that there’s no single Adamawa indigene in any of the camps operated in the state. What we do have are indigenes of Borno and Yobe, whom we have called on the respective state governments to come and evacuate. We want to thank President Muhammadu Buhari for the peace we are now enjoying in the state.

“It is our hope that the security situation, which has improved, and the peace that is now being enjoyed will be sustained so that investors can now return.”

He also stressed that the state government’s efforts at maintaining internal security during the insurgency cost billions of naira on a monthly basis.



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The global maritime sector recorded the lowest new ship building contracts in 2016, with total investment value put at $30.9 billion. Latest report released by an international Maritime research firm, Clarkson, indicated that such weak volume sector markets and a depressed offshore sector had outweighed positivity in some of the niche sectors, as 50 percent of the value of new build investment last year was in cruise ships.

This is coming as the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) declared that the cruise industry would introduce a total of 97 new cruise ships from 2017-2026 totaling an estimated investment of $53 billion.

According to Clarkson: “The investment side has seen the temperature drop even further. New building contracts have numbered just 419 in the first eleven months of 2016, heading for the lowest annual total in over 30 years, and new build investment value has totaled just $30.9 billion,”

CLIA, in its 2017 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook, said this year alone, cruise lines are scheduled to debut 26 new ocean, river and specialty ships for a total investment of more than $6.8 billion in new vessels.

The growth of cruise travel industry is expected to continue throughout 2017, with an estimated 25.3 million passengers expected to sail in 2017, a strong surge from 15.8 million recorded in 2007.

President and Chief Executive Officer, CLIA, Cindy D’Aoust, said: “The cruise industry is responding to global demand and we are highly encouraged by both the short-term and long-term outlook.

“From technological advancements and deployment of new ships to new ports and destinations around the world, the industry continues to respond to desires of today’s travelers resulting in steady growth and strong economic impact around the world,” he stated.

According to the group, cruise industry expenditures generated $17 billion in total output worldwide, supporting 956,597 full-time equivalent employees who earned $38 billion in income in 2015.



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Enlisted below are the major shipping containers used in Nigeria.


They are the conventional and standard containers which are either 20ft or 40ft. Both have the same height( 8ft 6ins) but differ in width.They are basically used for multi-purpose cargo transport and can be used over various methods of transport, including ship, rail, and truck. Dry containers are the most widely used containers. The 20ft dry containers are also known as intermodal shipping containers. The 20ft container has an average tare weight of 2,300kg and a payload capacity of 25,000kg. The 40ft dry container has a tare weight of 3,750kg and a payload capacity of 27,600kg.

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High cube containers are like standard transportation holder measurements, however as their name recommends, they are higher.  These holders are utilized for particularly voluminous freight and excessively high or tall cargo. They are an inch taller (9ft 6 inches) than the 40ft dry container and have the same width. The tare weight of a high cube container is 3,940 kg and a payload capacity of 28,560kg.




Open top compartments are likewise fundamentally the same as standard payload holders, be that as it may, they can be top-stacked (i.e. load put in the holder from a crane). They are likewise good with entryway side stacking, i.e. with payload dangling from the overhead handle. Contingent upon the sort of payload you are delivery, for example, heavy loads, timber or scrap metal, an open top compartment might be the best choice. The 20ft container has an average tare weight of 2,350kg and a payload capacity of 28,130kg, while the 40ft dry container has a tare weight of 3,850kg.

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Flat rack containers are especially suitable for heavy loads and cargo that needs loading from the top or sides, such as pipes, heavy machinery, construction equipment or supplies. You will find collapsible containers and non-collapsible containers with or without walls. Flat rack containers are manufactured from steel and come in 20ft’ and 40ft’ sizes.





Reefer containers or refrigerated containers are used to transport goods requiring temperature-controlled conditions in transit, such as fruit, vegetables, dairy products and meat. It is fitted with a refrigeration unit which is connected to the carrying ship’s electrical power supply. They come with the two different standard, either in 20ft (tare weight – 3080kg, payload capacity – 27400kg) or 40ft (tare load – 4800, payload capacity – 27700kg).



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Early and proper documentation for custom clearance is an essential criterion in logistics and supply chain firms. Customs clearance involves preparation and submission required to facilitate the delivery of the consignment.  It is significant to make available shipping clearance documents before the vessel arrivals. This aids in the early delivery of the consignment and reduces the risk of it being delayed at the customs office. Below are the enlisted documents:

Bill of Laden: Is an official shipping document which contains the information pertinent to the shipment.

Form M– The Form ‘M’ is a letter of intent of the Importers to declare their intention to import goods.

PAAR (Pre-arrival Assessment Report.)- A document used in declaration, issued by the Nigeria Customs Service through the bank. A valid PAAR approved by NCS is required to clear goods entering Nigeria.

Clearance Letter: It’s a document that gives an agent rights to clear goods at the terminal.

Assessment Notice: A document showing the duty charge.

DTI Print: Out DTI stands for “Direct Trader Input”, and is a new way of lodging customs declarations.

Letter Of Indemnity:   it’s an undertaking guaranteeing contractual provisions will be met, otherwise financial reparations will be made.

Duty Receipt: It’s a proof of Duty Payment. Duty is a charge paid to the government for bringing in goods to the country.

Authority Letter: It’s a document that permits a person to clear goods on behalf of a company.

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