Rotimi Raimi Hassan , General Manager, told newsmen that the port has prospects of supporting national economic growth and hopes to surpass many challenges.
“We plan to provide services in enabling port environment that are conducive for port users and stakeholders. We will ensure that Customs documentation and delivery are ready within 48 hours for our port users.
“We have modern facilities and qualified staff in attendance. Next year, we envisage that both rail and road will be mode of transportation from seaports to Kaduna Inland dry port. By then, we expect full operations of import and export activities.
“We hope to diversify into vehicle transfer operations and other intervention services to assist the rapid growth of industrialization and development of the hinterland particularly in Kaduna State and neighboring states and the FCT,” Hassan said.
He added: “We have received close to 3,500 TEU or 68,420 metric tons while export forwarding now has lots of prospects, now that we are entering export season.
“We are making contacts with exporters and it is very clear that we would have lots of export goods exiting from our dry port .
“Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has appointed Cobalt International Limited as Pre-Inspection Agent. Other private inspection agency – Bureau Veritas have shown interest to operate from KIDP.
“The beauty of it is that freight forwarders have the benefits to process with Customs at export seat and with other relevant units to transport export goods to ships in Lagos, Onne, Tincan island, and Warri ports from Kaduna Dry Port
“For an inland containers dry port to operate optimum, the rail system must be effective and efficient in their cargo delivery and operate in accordance with scheduled rail movement chart.
“In developed countries, rail lines were connected/linked to the seaport, for evacuation of laden containers and general cargos and, return leg into seaport with either empty or export goods containers
“We are hopeful because the Federal Government is working towards helping to emplace this critical railway infrastructure required for seamless cargo movement. We are aware that work is ongoing in this regard.”
The port, according to him had projected 6,000 TEUs for year 2020 but suffered a setback due to effects of Covid-19 pandemic.