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Freight forwarders seek movement of export seats to Lilypond Customs Command

ACG Eporwei Edike  with the CAC , Mrs Ronke Olubiyi at the Customs Command,
 Lilypond, listening to the freight forwarders
forwarders operating at the Lilypond Terminal has requested that the Nigeria
Customs Service move the export seats within the Lagos zone to Lilypond

The freight forwarders made their plea to Mr Eporwei Edike, the Assistant
Comptroller-General of Customs in charge of Zone A, while he was on tour of the
Commands in the zone.

The freight forwarders said their request was to enable them survive the
hardship they were going through as a result of low-level of activities at the

One of the freight forwarders, Mr Babatope Ogungbemile, said the facility and
even the customs officers had been redundant due to the situation at the

Responding, Edike said such request could only be addressed through processes
from the headquarters because their operations where guided by different law
provisions stating what they should do.

He, however, said that approved customs agents could apply individually
for container transfers to Lilypond in the face of difficulties, to request for
stemming of containers from Apapa port.

He remarked that the general economic challenges that caused imports to drop,
had made the yard occupancy to reduce to only 40 per cent in Apapa even as late
as September 2015.

encouraged the freight forwarders to be positive about the business
terrain in the nearest future, since the various ministers had settled to work.

The Controller of the Command, Mrs Ronke Olubiyi, thanked the zonal coordinator
for the visit and the encouragement to all the stakeholders including the
officers of the command.

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