Shippers’ Council dismisses reports on suspension of palletization policy


Contrary to media reports suggesting that the palletization policy of the federal government expected to take off on the 1st of January, 2018 has been suspended, the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) Thursday said that the policy has come to stay.

The Executive Secretary of the Council, Barr. Hassan Bello who disclosed this at a stakeholders’ meeting on the operation of the Kaduna Dry Port in Lagos observed that the palletization policy has been on since January 1, 2018 adding that there was no going back.

Bello pointed out that the policy would have long been implemented but for the intervention of the Council which insisted on getting the buy in of the critical stakeholders and to take into account the concerns raised by them.

He said,” I think I will use this opportunity to clarify the issue of palletization, I think I read about newspapers saying it has been suspended, the palletization issue is already on from 1st January, there is no going back on palletization. All we said because this policy would have been on ground for a long time but it was the Shippers’ Council that said no, we have to have the buy in of the critical stakeholders and we rallied stakeholders and we took the concern of the stakeholders to the appropriate authority and the appropriate authority said that they are going to look at the concerns of the operators and try to mitigate whatever the issues are.

“But the palletization is not suspended, no, it has already started and there is no going back on palletization. However, the concerns of the critical stakeholders will always be noted and it will be done to see that some of the concerns are addressed”.

The NSC boss was reacting to a media report which quoted him as saying that the policy had been suspended following the Council’s intervention.

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