The development of Inland Dry Ports across the country was an initiative of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council. The Inland Dry Ports (IDPs) are being promoted and facilitated on the basis of Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) agreement.
The IDP being an equivalent of a sea port located in the hinterland receives containers by rail or road from the seaport for examination and clearance by customs and other authorised Agencies. It has all the loading and off-loading equipment needed to handle containers.
Typically, an IDP brings shipping services to the door step of shippers, assists in decongesting the seaports and make them more user friendly and provides the impetus to revive and modernise the railway as primary mode for long distance haulage. Above all, it helps to reduce the over-all costs of cargo to hinterland locations as well as to landlocked countries.
The Council also facilitated the development of five solicited and unsolicited IDPs in Ibadan, Oyo State; Dagbolu, Osun State; Onitsha, Anambra State; Lolo, Kebbi State and Benin, Edo State. These IDPs are currently at different levels of completion.
The highlights on the IDP sites are as follows;
i. The Kaduna Inland Dry Port was commissioned by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) on 4th January 2018. In effect, the Kaduna Dry Port is the first Inland Dry Port in Nigeria.
ii. Declaration of Dala Inland Dry Port as a Port of Origin and Final Destination by the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo on 5th August, 2022 and Commissioning of Dala Inland Dry Port by the President and Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari on 30th January, 2023.
iii. Declaration of Funtua Inland Dry Port as a Port of Origin and Final Destination by the Honourable Minister of Transportation on 2nd February, 2023.
The level of development at these IDPs are:
Erunmu, Ibadan- Oyo State
Catamaran Logistics Ltd
Isiala Ngwa, Abia State
Heipang, Jos – Plateau State
Duncan Maritime Nig Ltd
Zawachiki, Dala- Kano State
Dala Inland Dry Port Ltd.
Zanfarawa, Funtua- Katsina State
Equatorial Marine Oil & Gas LTD
Jauri, Maiduguri- Borno State
Migfo Nig. Ltd
Kaduna Inland Dry Port
Inland Container Nig Ltd (ICNL)
Now in operation
There are seven (7) approved locations for the Inland Container Depots (ICDs) / Container Freight Stations (CFSs), which were concessioned to private sector operators by the ICD Implementation Committee of the Federal Ministry of Transport as follows:
In addition to the seven (7) gazetted ICDs, there have been proposals from the private sector to establish ICDs at Dagbolu in Osun State, Lolo in Kebbi State, Onitsha in Anambra State and Ogwashi-Uku in Delta State.