Edo ICD will commence export activities soon, says promoter

Inland Container Depot

By Godspower Edoza 

The Edo Inland Container Depot will soon commence export activities from operational base, an official of the port has said.

Chief Executive Officer of Atlanque Marine Engineering Service (AMES), Charles Akhigbe, promoter of the Edo-ICD, announced this on Monday at a meeting with stakeholders.

The stakeholders include the Edo State Export Cluster Group and relevant federal agencies.

Akhigbe said that the meeting was to discuss the challenges of doing business with a view to addressing them, especially on produce export.

He said buyers were already on ground for some of the agricultural produce to be exported from the 56 export clusters.

The chief executive officer explained that the ICD was a Public Private Partnership project driven by the Federal Government, but initiated by private sector.

According to him, the AMES Edo -ICD will be the second in the country to be inaugurated after the Kaduna ICD.

He said that it would be inaugurated in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Edo State Commissioner for Wealth Creation, Employment and Cooperative, Emmanuel Usoh, said the state government was supporting the ICD to boost its GDP.

Representatives of the Nigeria Export Promotion Council, Nigerian Shippers Council, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Services and the Standards Organisation of Nigeria attended the meeting. 

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