Committee designs agric produce export template

Mr. Olayemi Abass, Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for Produce Export has on Wednesday said the committee had set up a workable template to support agricultural produce export.

He said that the difficulty exporters went through at ports necessitated the emergence of the committee to prevent administrative delays at ports with regard to export.

The committee drawn from the Nigerian Ports Authority, the Nigerian Shippers’ Council and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency is meant to encourage non-oil exports.

Abass said that many of the export items got damaged at ports, while waiting to be cleared to sail due to unnecessary delays.

He noted that the delays were not in tandem with the Presidential Order on the Ease of Doing Business at ports.

According to him, the template is an all-inclusive one that will aid the trade without hassles and scale up the nation’s revenue base through non oil exports.

Abass regretted the rejection of some exported Nigerian produce because of low quality and chemical agents found in them.

He said that the scope of the committee transcends produce logistics to laboratory and quarantine aspects to advocacy in order to ensure seamless international trade.

The committee’s chairman called on Nigerians to make use of the export window in expanding their earnings, while creating the needed jobs along the value chain in the produce export.

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