Despite the adverse effects of COVID-19 pandemic, the Kaduna Inland Dry Port has processed about 68,420 metric tons of cargoes this year.
Disclosing this to journalists in Lagos, the General Manager of the port, Rotimi Raimi-Hassan, said the port wants to create more value for northern states’ economies through export promotion.
He stated that as of early October 2020, the port received close to 3,500 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) or 68,420 metric tons of cargoes.
He added that the Kaduna Inland Dry Port projected 6,000 TEU for the year but that its operation was affected by COVID-19.
“Among its objectives is to bring maritime activities closer to people in the hinterlands, especially in Kaduna State. Presently, the port users are receiving the dividends of the port as it provides door-to-door shipping services.
At the peak of COVID-19 pandemic, exporters who should have used the facility to ship out farm produce were inactive. Haulage operators, freight forwarders, licensed customs agents and other ancillary service providers were affected by the lull.”