BEIRUT, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- Lebanon's Tripoli Port Director Ahmad Tamer called upon customs authorities on Friday to refrain from sending containers from Tripoli to Beirut port for inspection, local media reported.
"We are not against inspecting all containers in Tripoli port but their transport to Beirut port for inspection every time will reduce the attractiveness of this port for businessmen who will incur heavy losses from this operation," Tamer was quoted as saying by the National News Agency.
Tamer told Xinhua that he does not know yet why customs authorities have ordered to do the required inspection work in Beirut port and there may be political motives behind this move.
"We are trying to get in touch with officials in Tripoli and the customs authorities in a bid to solve this issue," he said.
Attention is turning to the Tripoli port nowadays for the role that it can play in the reconstruction of Syria which has been torn by years of civil war.