Manufacturers in the country have said that the process of clearing cargo at the two major seaports in Lagos requires a combination of 110 signatures.
According to them, before a manufacturer can get his raw materials out of the Tin Can Island Port, about 70 people will have to......inspect the goods and append their signatures to the documents releasing the goods, while about 40 signatures are required for the same process at the Apapa Port.
The industrialists made this observation during an interactive session between the Nigeria Customs Service and the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria.
Directing a series of questions to the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (retd), a manufacturer, who identified himself simply as Bagu, noted that physical examination of goods and scanning at the Tin Can Island Port took longer than at the Apapa Port.
He added that the situation was not limited to imports but also to exports as well.
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