Nigeria’s Minister Of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, on Tuesday, Commissioned the Kaduna Inland Dry Port in the company of the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai. Kaduna Inland Dry Port which is 930 km from the sea ports in Lagos is served by the Lagos-Kano railway line. Concessioning of that line is ongoing, by the Nigerian Government, to a GE-led consortium according to the Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi.
Minister of Transport, Chibuike Amaechi:
“Whatever support you require we will give you”
Chibuike Amaechi also assured that the narrow-gauge rail line linking Kaduna Port will be fully operational before end- of this year.
He said, the Kaduna Inland Dry Port will allow importers and exporters in and around Northern Nigeria to import & export directly into/from Kaduna
Temitope Borishade, Chairman of Kaduna Inland Dry Port Management:
“You can do everything that is done at a Seaport here.”
Justifying the need for the port in kaduna, Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai said:
“Kaduna is Nigeria’s largest producer of maize, ginger and soyabeans, and second in tomato. We want to make this work. This is all about jobs. 85% of the population of Kaduna State is under 35. We’ll support this Project and direct our Investors to use this Port. We will construct another road to avoid traffic. We will ensure adequate security at all times. A Police Unit will be set up to ensure security.”
The Kaduna Inland Dry Port is the first functioning dry port in Nigeria. It’s been in development for about 10 years.The port, is equipped for port operations and shipping services, international and local logistics, freight and forwarding to the inner reaches of Northern Nigeria and landlocked neighbouring countries of Niger Republic, Chad, and Cameroon.
The port is fully equipped to handle more than 29,000 containers per annum, and agents can legitimately take delivery of their imported cargoes and as well as forward their export goods directly to various countries abroad without hindrances
Already, Nigerian Customs and other relevant agencies now operate at the port having been provided with well-equipped office accommodation within the premises to enhance trade facilitation and reduce turnaround time.
Maritime experts are on ground in the port to provide counseling and consultancy services for import and export business processes and procedures. The dry port has an expansive container terminal, accessible by both rail and road with availability of modern cargo handling equipment and tools to facilitate quick delivery and turnaround time.
Available are large warehouses for cargo storage, export consolidation, stuffing/unstuffing operations and groupage which is fully equipped with a technical workshop, modern examination bay, expansive container terminal, and modern Assycuda systems (for customs). Also available is an expansive trailer park, CCTV cameras, police post, restaurants, sick bay and banking services.