Nigeria to Explore Cargo Tracking Note to Curb Insecurity

In a bid to curb the rising insecurity situation, President Mohammadu Buhari has directed the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi to reintroduce Cargo Tracking Notes, CTN, following the proliferation of arms and increase in banditry across the nation.  CTN was first introduced in 2010. The Cargo Tracking Note is a system for collecting documents and processing information when exporting by sea in order to obtain prior information, to participate in security measures, statistics, and generally in order to participate in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the World Customs Organization (WCO) recommendations on trade facilitation and security. Shippers' Council has been encouraged to introduce the system in a way that shouldn't add to the cost of doing business at the ports, but enable the nation to track imports from ports of origin to drastically reduce the import of arms. Twenty-four African countries presently use the system.

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