Earlier this year, Nigeria’s first Inland Dry Port situated at Kakuri, Kaduna was commissioned and opened. The port was initially approved by the Federal Government in 2014 in a bid to reduce congestion within seaports in Lagos that led to chronic delays and loss of cargo. The approval upgraded the status of Kaduna Inland Container Nigeria Limited bonded Terminal to the status of an Inland Dry Port.
Given its central location within Northern Nigeria and its position as a major industrial hub and an outlet for trade in agricultural, textile and other products, Kaduna was an apt choice. Multinational manufacturing and assembly companies including Olam and Peugeot Nigeria are already located in the region. It is expected that more industries will become active in the region following this development.
As a port of origin and destination, exporters and importers can utilise the full capacity of the Kaduna Dry Port. It also has the capacity to serve neighbouring landlocked countries which are easier accessed from Northern Nigeria.
Speaking at the launch, Director of Special Duties of the Nigeria Shippers Council (NSC) Mr. Ignatius Nweke said:
“the port which is among the seven dry ports being promoted by the Council, has the capacity to handle 29,000 tons of cargo annually in the first phase of its operations. He said its handling capacity could double when it is fully operational.”
Other locations approved for construction of Inland Dry Ports include Isiala Ngwa (Abia state), Erunmu, Ibadan (Oyo State), Heipang (Plateau state), Zawachiki (Kano state), Zamfarawa, Funtua (Katsina state) and Maiduguri (Borno state).