The president of the association, Dr Ayo Omotoso, has made it known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the concessionaire, Catamaran Logistics Ltd, would move into the ICD with their foreign partners after the inauguration. Omotoso said the rail line from Lagos to Ibadan and Kano had been rehabilitated, adding that the rehabilitation of the rail would facilitate the take-off of the dry port and others across the country.
Omotoso commended the Federal Government for rehabilitating the rail lines, adding that containers could now conveniently be transported by rail to the ICD sites. The shippers said that both ICDs and the Container Freight Station (CFS) were user facilities with public authority status, adding that the Ibadan ICD would handle imports and exports under the control of the Nigeria Customs Service and other agencies.
In 2006, the Federal Government, granted approval for the establishment of six inland container depots and container freight stations across the country. The ICD project was conceived by the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) as a solution to the problem of port congestion. The Ibadan inland container depot has capacity for 50,000 containers.