2016 was an awful year for Nigerian ports

The past year has been miserable for the ports in Nigeria, reports Guardian Nigeria. Container ports in particular saw significantly less activity.

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Ports in the major oil producing country Nigeria have been significantly less busy in 2016 than the previous year. This is according to Guardian Nigeria, which reports that the government of the country has changed its policy to one that is not favorable for ports, in the form of high tariffs to the government on port operations.

The latest figures from the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) are one piece of evidence that the ports have had a horrible year. The figures show that imports to Nigerian ports declined to 6.8 million teu in the first nine months of this year against 9.4 million in the same period the year prior. Meanwhile, container exports fell to 1.4 million teu in the same period relative to 2.2 million teu in the first three quarters of 2015.

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