Inland Container Depot, Kaduna has been upgraded by the federal Government from a bonded terminal to the status of a dry port of Origin and final destination. This was done through the Federal government Gazette in May 2015.The dry port is to be operated as a joint venture with the Kaduna State government. As Operators of the dry port, Inland Containers Nigeria limited is now better equipped to bring shipping services to the hinterland and landlocked neighbouring countries.
The port is now known as “KADUNA INLAND DRY PORT”. It is a port of origin and final destination, which will provide maritime and port services to Importers in the Northern states and interlocked countries by transiting containers offloaded at the Lagos seaports to Kaduna Inland Dry Port prior to clearing and delivery to client’s warehouses.
According to the gazette the newly designated port in Kaduna shall be a Customs port in accordance with the provisions of the Customs and Exercise Management Act, Cap. C 45 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2014.
In line with this expectation, KADUNA INLAND DRY PORT (KIDP) is currently meeting with international communities, shipping companies in Nigeria, Nigeria Customs, Nigerian shipper’s council and security agencies of the government to workout modalities for take-off.
With the capacity to handle 29,000 containers per annum, the newly designated port will surely fulfil the purpose of decongesting the ports. Export goods can also be consolidated from the dry port to anywhere in the world which will consequently facilitate investments and trade.