NPA Secures Approval for Designation of Lekki Seaport as Customs Port, Approved Wharf

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) yesterday disclosed that it has secured approval for the designation of Lekki Deep Seaport as Customs Port and Approved Wharf.

According to a statement, in keeping to the promise of ensuring the operational take off for berthing of commercial vessels at the Lekki Deep Seaport before the end of the year 2022, the Authority had written a letter through the Ministry of Transportation seeking expedited presidential approval for the Port to be gazzetted as a Customs Port and Approved Wharf in line with the requirements of the law.

It explained that with the approval granted by President Muhammadu Buhari, it meant all was set for commercial vessels from across the world to berth and clear cargo at Nigeria’s first Deep Sea Port and first fully automated port.

The Managing Director of the NPA, Mohammed Bello Koko had on July 1st, 2022, whilst receiving the first vessel to berth at the Lekki Deep Seaport said, “the commitment of the NPA to providing every support necessary to place Nigeria on the global list of countries with deep seaports is unflinching.

“This is why matters related to the operationalisation of Lekki Deep Seaport before the end of this year have been placed on top priority.
“This development shows that Nigeria’s renewed export orientation and the readiness of the NPA to take trade facilitation a notch higher is no fluke.”

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