The dry port can take 20,000 containers.
The Chairman, Dala Inland Dry Port Ltd, Ahmad Rabiu, on Thursday said the Kano dry port would commence operation in January 2014.
Mr. Rabiu told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the management of the dry port was waiting for the Federal Government to declare it a port of origin and a port of destination.
The shipper said that the declaration would fast track the completion of the dry port.
He said that the declaration would enable the foreign technical partners to move down to Nigeria and complete the remaining aspects of construction work.
Mr. Rabiu said the dry port could take 20, 000 containers, adding that there was room for extension as only 35 acres of land had so far been occupied out of its 200 acres.
He said it would take about six months to complete the technical aspect of the dry port, for full operations to commence.
“It will take a matter of six months to complete it to full operation. It will function like the Tin Can Island Port; like the Apapa Port, except that there will be no water.
“What will happen when goods arrive any of the sea ports, they will be mainly in transit, and therefore, Customs duty and inspection cannot be done in the sea port.
“It would be done in my facility at the dry port in Kano.
“We have just started on site. We have not gone far, but what is required are essentially few elements, which can be fixed. We are working to ensure that within a matter of six months, we are ready and will commence full operation,” Mr. Rabiu told the News Agency of Nigeria.
Mr. Rabiu said that presently, there was a temporary arrangement to market the take-off of the dry port by January 2014.
He urged the Federal Government to gazette the dry port, saying that this was the main bottleneck hindering further action there.
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