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THE Chairman Ports Terminal Multipurpose Services Limited Chapter of National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders [NAGAFF] Chief Ndimkora Cosmas has said that the Association would this year evolve a road map whereby every member would be a player.

Maduka who was speaking at the 2012 end of year party of the Chapter expressed hope that the Association would continue to grow and that members of the PTML Chapter would give the present Executives the support required to move the Chapter forward.

CONTRARY to expectations that the Service Providers would hand over operations to Nigeria Customs Service the Federal government has through Federal Ministry of Finance extended contracts of three service providers under the Destination Inspection (DI) scheme, by six months from December 31 last year.

The three service providers' contracts were extended vide a letter dated 31st December, 2012 and signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Danladi Kifasi. 

•Clearing process still cumbersome

•As customs makes policy somersault

THE maritime industry experienced a turbulent time in year 2012.

The Managing Director Sakad Ventures Nigeria Limited Alhaji Ademola Ajisafe in his comments about events in the maritime sector this year said that it is glaring that there has not been any  stability in the handling charges since the port terminals were concessioned as charges have continued to increase without any consultation with stakeholders in the maritime industry.

According to him the purpose of port concession was to help facilitate 24-hour port service, reduce tariff, train personnel and enhance efficiency in the goods clearing process as well as procure modern equipment.

IN line with technological developments Shipping Conpanies and Licensed Customs Agents have been called upon to link up with Nigeria Customs Service [NCS] Automated Systems of Customs Data Plus Plus[ASYCUDA++], the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria has said.

Speaking at the just concluded Comptroller General Conference held in Katsina President of the Association Chief JolaJamodusaid any shipping company or License Custom Agent who fails to comply with the digitalization process should not be allowed to operate in the ports.

THAT unemployment in the country is creating serious concern for well meaning Nigerians is no longer news but the news is that unless there is quick intervention, 1,000 people will soon join the market.

The 1000 that are from maritime industry may have bleak Christmas celebration following the winding up of three Destination Inspection service providers, whose period is winding up by December 2012.

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