Business FG Orders Nigerian Customs to Regulate Maritime Industry Dominated by Foreigners



Nigerian ship chandlers could rest well now as the federal government of Nigeria has directed the Nigeria Customs Service to regulate and monitor that segment of the maritime industry which has been dominated by foreign chandlers, National Mirror reports.


Reprieve may soon come the way of indigenous chandlers, as the Federal Government has directed the Nigeria Customs Service to ensure effective regulation and monitoring of that segment of the maritime industry, currently dominated by foreigners.

Secretary General of Marine Oil Traders Associationn of Nigeria, umbrella body for all indigenous bunkrers and chandlers, Dr. Emeka Enebeli had recently said that Nigeria loses over $10 billion annually to foreign shipping operators over the exclusion of Nigerian ship chandlers in the lucrative business.

Senior Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Maritime Services, Mr. Leke Oyewole, who spoke in Lagos recently, disclosed that the government has directed Customs, which is charged with the responsibility of issuing licenses and regulating the industry to commence with immediate effect strict regulation of the industry to avoid further loss of revenue to the government.

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