18th May, 2012
Container flying or illegal evacuation of consignments is booming at the Tin-Can Island Port Complex (TCIPC), Apapa, Lagos,
Container flying according to popular parlance of the Nigerian maritime industry, is the evacuation of a particular consignment from a port without due clearance processes, resulting in revenue leakages.
Apart from causing loss of revenue to government or other agencies, container flying results in loss of cargoes for consignees if they or their agents are not privy to it.
Over the years, the Nigerian maritime industry has been experiencing container flying perpetrated by syndicates hijacking consignments from the ports, leaving consignees at a great loss.
However, one government official particularly disturbed by the ugly trend may be the Customs Area Controller (CAC), Tin-Can Island Port Area Command, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS),Comptroller Isa Nuhu.
At a recent meeting with the leadership of some Customs agents’ associations in his office, Nuhu had noted that there was large scale container flying at the TCIPC.
It was learnt that the CAC had expressed surprise that containers were still being flown out of the port.
Nuhu, it was gathered, told his equally surprised audience that a case is currently being investigated by his office.
“Our house is not yet in order, “the CAC had said, noting that personnel of the command must be involved in the sharp practices.
The Customs chief had announced that theTin-Can Island Terminal Limited (TICT) posed the biggest, about 60 per cent, of the problem facing his administration.