Funtua Inland Dry Port, origin, final destination of cargoes


The Nigerian Government has declared Funtua Inland Dry Port as a port of origin and final destination for import and export of cargoes,  empowered to operate shipping businesses including clearing and forwarding of cargoes directly from anywhere in the world.

This comes after many years after the establishment of the Funtua Inland Dry Port, in Katsina State.

The project was approved by the Federal Executive Council in March 2006 as Funtua Container Freight Station, alongside other Inland Dry Ports across the country.

The Funtua Container Freight Station was later converted to an Inland Dry Port based on the strategic framework of Build, Own, Operate and Transfer.

Speaking at the declaration ceremony, Mu’azu Sambo explained that the Funtua Inland Dry Port would be a Customs port in accordance with the provisions of the Customs and Excise Management Act, Cap. C45 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and would have all the prerequisites of an international port.

According to the Minister, the importance of Katsina State as the commercial domain in the Trans-Saharan trade route with huge agricultural produce and trade in local and export volumes, qualified the State for an Inland Dry Port.

He said national and international maritime practitioners, shippers, shipping companies, landlocked countries and port users should take full advantage of the port for import and export of their cargoes.

In her remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, said the declaration of Funtua Inland Dry Port as port of origin and final destination, was another milestone achievement for the intermodal transportation system in  the country.

According to her, “the Funtua Inland Dry Port will further unlock the economic potentials of Nigeria and facilitate trade with the land-locked countries like Niger and Chad Republic.

“The Port will provide importers and exporters located within the nation’s hinterland access to shipping and port services without physically being at the seaports”.

Other benefits of the Funtua Inland Dry Port,  the Permanent Secretary said, are that the project “will promote the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and economic integration as well as further support the Presidential Business Enabling Environment Council (PEBEC)”.

The Governor of Kastina State, Aminu Bello Masari, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Alh. Musa Sule, in his presentation, noted that the State Government, as part of its contribution to the project, facilitated the provision of 16.2 hectares of land and also paid compensation to the land owners.

He said the Katsina State Government took the step based on the conviction that when fully operational, the Port will create employment for the immediate community and its environs, support revenue base of the State and facilitate trade within and outside the country.

Also speaking, the Executive Secretary, Nigeria Shippers’ Council, Emmanuel Jime advised States that were allocated Inland Dry Ports, but were yet to develop them, to expedite action on the project in order to bring shipping closer to importers and exporters in their State.


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