Charges importers, freight forwarders to take advantage
Ports and Terminal Multiservice Limited (PTML) has been lauded by the President of Africa Association of Professional Freight Forwarders and Logistics of Nigeria (APFFLON) Otunba Frank Ogunojemite over the storage waiver promo for importers of abandoned vehicles in the port to clear them.
Otunba Frank Ogunojemite, in a chat with PortNews in Ikeja, Lagos, described the promo as a welcome development and a big relief and charged affected importers and freight forwarders to take advantage of the promo to clear their vehicles before expiring.
The APFFLON President said “Following the announcement by Ports and Terminal Multiservices Limited, on July 26, 2021, to commence a special Storage Waiver Promo with effect from the above date, we, members of Africa Association of Professional Freight Forwarders and Logistics of Nigeria, applaud the management of the organization for making the laudable offer.
“The Waiver will in no doubt encourage those who have abandoned their vehicles within the given time range to take delivery of the vehicles now that the waiver has drastically reduced the storage charges.
“As an advocacy group, APFFLON shall always commend policies and procedures that would positively impact freight forwarders, and encourage ease of doing business hence the commendation.
“The storage waiver promo came in an auspicious time; it came as a respite to those whose vehicles have been stuck in the terminal for the past six months due to the biting economic situation; a time when most people are struggling so hard to keep their businesses afloat.”
A few weeks ago, APFFLON had kicked against a 50% increase in handling charges by PTML which it described as ill-timed. “And our protest occasioned the unscheduled visit of the immediate past Executive Secretary/CEO of Nigerian Shipper’s Council (NSC), Mr. Hassan Bello, to PTML Management, during which he appealed for the suspension of the increment.
“APFFLON hereby advises those concerned to leverage on this promo to take delivery of their vehicles within the time range while thanking PTML for the exemplary step,” advised Ogunojemite.