IMO is supporting
the Government of Nigeria in its efforts to develop a Port Community System
(PCS) for electronic data exchange for
its ports complex.
From January to
June 2022, IMO will work with the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to conduct a
detailed needs assessment mission. The assessment team will conduct analysis of
the current situation and put forward recommendations on the governance,
business model, technology and identify any gaps to be addressed. This will
ensure that Nigerian ports benefit from an effective operational country-wide
PCS to enhance the economy of the country.
Port Community Systems an increasingly important part of simplifying
Systems are neutral platforms that allow the exchange of electronic information
between various stakeholders, have become an increasingly important part of
simplifying cross-border trade.
mission is phase two of a project which began in 2021 with a series of IMO-led
webinars (between August and November 2021) which , aimed to raise awareness
among Nigerian stakeholders about key
aspects of a PCS. This series identified the opportunities and challenges for
developing a national PCS in Nigeria.
More than 60 senior management participants
from Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety
Agency, Customs Service, Immigration, Health services, Agricultural services,
Ministry of transportation, as well as port terminal operators, shipping
companies, ship agents, importers and exporters participated.