NPA commences overtime cargo evacuation to decongest ports

The advocacy of the Mohammed Bello Koko- led Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) for the decongestion of the Ports to pave way for efficient operations has received needed impetus as the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Transportation Dr. Magdelene Ajani led an inter-agency team consisting of the NPA, Nigerian Customs (NCS)and the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) on an assessment tour of overtime cargoes littering the Ports.

The Lagos and Tin can Island Port Complexes and the Terminals therein including Ikorodu Lighter Terminal have over the years been occupied with 3,200 Units of overtime cars and about 3,295 units of overtime containers respectively, while the eastern ports have a combined total of 956 overtime containers.

The awkward situation apart from constraining terminal spaces required for seamless cargo handling operations in the ports, has contributed to deterioration of port infrastructure which are designed as transit locations as opposed to holding dead weight tonnes for years which these age long overtime cargo constitute.

Following the inspection tour, an all-stakeholder sensitization involving shipping Lines, and Association of Freight Forwarders and clearing agents has unanimously agreed that all cargoes and container that have overstayed their required time at the Ports should be auctioned “in-situ” (In their current locations) and removed immediately from the Ports.