Stakeholders in the industry have continued to express displeasure about the new policy, and stressed the need for government to fix the cargo scanners. Government should halt the palletisation policy and repair the scanners to handle the defect of the policy,” he said. Noting that paletisation would increase the capital flight and increase the cost of shipping into the country, Akinola appealed to the government to urgently halt the policy in the spirit of trade facilitation. The stakeholders are of the view that in the face of all the challenges plaguing the maritime industry, a focus on the compulsory implementation of cargo palletization is a misplaced priority. They posited that the cargo palletization policy was created to increase, rather than reduce, physical examination of cargo; adding that only a drastic reduction in the rate of physical examination will lead to the ease of doing business and reduce the cost of doing business at the ports.
Source: The Guardian February 14, 2018 03:33 UTC