Traffic gridlock stalls plans to recover Niger, Chad transit cargo

Efforts to win back cargoes of two neighbouring landlocked countries’ cargoes are being truncated by the traffic gridlock being experienced at Lagos ports.

Already, Niger and Chad republic had been convinced to come back and be using Nigerian ports facilities for their shipping activities. Niger, which ships 3,000 containers yearly, had already yielded to Nigerian ports fresh offer but her first set of consignments could not be delivered on time even though the terminal operators concerned had to waive demurrage on the transit cargo.

However, the Executive Secretary/CEO, Nigerian Shippers Council, Barrister Hassan Bello, said all hope is not lost as efforts are ongoing for faster cargo clearance.

Bello, who was speaking at a one-day talk-shop on Logistics with the theme “The Prospects & Challenges Of Logistics Service As The Life Wire Of The Maritime Industry” organized by the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) in Lagos, said that his council is presently working with Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to nip in the bud the practices of some unscrupulous people who delay ships that call at Nigerian ports with intent to extort.

The Shippers Council boss also condemned the practice of 100 per cent examination by the Nigeria Customs Service, describing it as primitive.

He asserted that there should be functional scanners in all ports for efficient service delivery. It would be recalled that these landlocked neighbours were using Nigerian ports before but incessant delays made them to look elsewhere for better shipping services.

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