The much anticipated single window platform appears to be on the verge of becoming a reality as the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), and the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), take a giant stride to launch Nigeria among the 20 countries using the platform by 2020.
However, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), has called on stakeholders to make input in the ports reform agenda in order to reposition the maritime industry for greater efficiency.
The adoption of single window will make Nigeria’s ports competitive in the international trade network and boost the trade facilitation programme of the government. It will also reduce corruption and entrench transparency and accountability in the operations.
The desired reforms at the ports may not be completed without the full implementation of the single window platform by the ports and customs authorities and a host of others in the chain of trade facilitation.