Container congestion at Lagos terminals

Lagos Port Complex Terminals at Lagos Port Complex are apparently "flooded" with overtime cargoes. Credit: Nigerian Ports Authority

Terminals at Lagos Port Complex are becoming congested with overtime cargo containers because owners do not have the financial means to move them.

The coordinator of Save Nigeria Freight Forwarders, Chief Osita Chukwu said that terminals were flooded with overtime cargoes such as Kirikiri Lighter Terminal, the SCOA terminal, Tin Can Island Container terminal, Five Star Logistics, and Ports and Cargo Terminal as well as bonded terminals across the state, reported Punch.

He suggested that the government should auction the cargoes so that the owners could have at least 50% of the proceed, said Punch.

Auction an option

Sunny Nnebe, chairman of the International Freight Forwarders Association, PTML Chapter, also suggested that the cargoes be auctioned so that the life of the containers could be preserved, saying that containers that had been left idle for a period of up to one year would be subject to damage and constitute loss not only to the owners but the economy.

Overtime cargoes are cargoes that have stayed at the port for longer than 28 days without being cleared according to Customs regulation.

They can be taken over by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) after the owner fails to collect them from the shipping terminals, however, the high cost of transportation has prevented movement of overtime containers to the government warehouse in Ikorodu, according to the NCS.

The NCS is reportedly in talks with Lagos Port Complex and the Nigerian Ports Authority to discuss moving the containers out of the port and how it will be funded.

It stated that road network issues were responsible for some of the cargo that had already been cleared but left at the port.

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