APM Terminals has stated that congestion at the terminal is due to freight forwarders not coming to clear their containers as this has contributed in no small way to the backlog of ships on Nigeria’s territorial waters.
However, APMT said it has been able to reduce yard occupancy from 98% to 77%.
The Country Manager of APM Terminals, Mr. Klaus Laursen who visited the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Hassan Bello, in Lagos, stated this in response to Bello who expressed concern about congestion in the terminals.
On automation, Mr. Laursen said APMT plans to optimize haulage at its terminal by implementing an electronic platform for truck management, adding that discussions on this are ongoing with Nigerian Ports Authority.
He added that the terminal issues, Terminal Delivery Orders online, payments, invoicing, and a range of other services are also online so that Freight forwarders don’t need to be physically present at their terminal.
With regard to export cargo, Laursen said they need to have all their documentation including customs clearance before accessing the terminal.
He suggested that the Nigeria Railway Corporation advertises its services in order to increase patronage.
Welcoming Laursen to Nigeria, the Executive Secretary of the Council, Hassan Bello suggested that export cargo should not attract storage charges and should be accelerated through the terminals, adding that current economic realities dictate that exports are the priority and must be treated as such.
Bello promised to ensure that all seaports terminals processes are fully automated and integrated with other port service providers and users, before the end of this year.
Bello commended APMT for its acquisition of new cargo handling equipment but expressed concern about the congestion at the terminals.
He also commended APMT’s collaboration with Nigerian Railway Corporation and barge operators in cargo delivery and evacuation.