According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the United States government imposed “Conditions of Entry (COE)’’ on vessels originating or calling from Nigerian ports.
The US mission in Nigeria said in a statement that it was henceforth required that Nigerian vessels met certain security measures before entering US ports. “Nigerian ports have not fully implemented the provisions of the International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) Code and do not have effective anti-terrorism measures in place.
Accordting to the statement, 22 Nigerian port facilities would be exempted from the COE as these port facilities had demonstrated effective anti-terrorism measures and would no longer be subjected to additional security precautions.
The USA clarified that the COE was not meant as trade sanctions or ban on Nigerian ships from entering US ports.
The statement added that COE was also to require Nigerian ships to have additional security measures while non-exempt Nigerian port facilities were to be verified by the US Coast Guard. The US Coast Guard would continue to consult with the Nigerian government in achieving full ISPS code compliance and removal of the COE.
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