These are rosy days for the managers of SIFAX Off-dock Terminal at Ibafo Apapa in Lagos.
It is not an understatement that the biggest bonded terminal is the busiest off-dock terminal in Nigeria today. Somebody quipped that staff now work 24hrs a day, in compliance with the Executive Order of Ease of Doing Business by the Federal Government.
With the recent frequent calls of MSC vessels to Nigerian ports, the extant working agreement between SIFAX Group and MSC has been yielding fruits in the form of steady stemming of thousands of TEUs and forties to SIFAX Ibafo almost on daily basis. Consequently, SIFAX people are urgently breached a wall to build another exit gate overlooking the expressway to facilitate quick turnaround of container-laden trucks.
PortNewsNigeria also learnt that importers – smart people – now fully leverage on SIFAX Haulage long line of trucks ever available to wriggle and wangler through the federal gutter way that links the port to its SIFAX Off-dock. “Once SIFAX is ready to bear the burden of transferring containers from the port to the off-dock, more importers are helplessly attracted to the off-dock from which the road is motorable to Mile 2 and beyond,” an off-dock source gushed to PortNewsNigeria.
The facility now brims to full with containers climbing one another 4-high with customs agents and customs officer haggling immuterables.
Not to worry, with the recently announced exit of economy recession by the federal government, the next thing we should expect is a flood of cargo and all bonded terminals shall have their own share of the spoil.