Port terminal operators over-streched by 6,000 overtime containers


By Gboyega Oni

Port terminal operators have been harmstrung and overstretched to near redundancy by a 6,000 strong overtime container congestion in Nigerian ports.
These containers, according to ANLCA, are long overdue to be transfered to the Ikorodu Lighter Terminal from Apapa and Tincan ports by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
This was disclosed by the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) at its National Executive Council meeting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State while reviewing the state of cargo operations in all the ports in the country.
The association said the development has caused the terminal with maximum capacity of 8000 to be reductant despite its capacity for export cargo processing.
The association rued a lack of examination bay needed for loaded trucks entering Nigeria at Seme Border, noting that Benin Republic has failed to comply fully with extant cross border and international protocol/policies on transit goods.
According to ANLCA, unapproved government agencies were still participating in cargo examination thus hampering the Executive Order on the ease of doing business in the country.

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