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Aviacargo: Mounting Crisis at Lagos Ports as Over 15,000 Abandoned Cargoes Choke Terminals

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Lagos ports are grappling with a severe crisis as more than 15,000 abandoned cargoes, comprising over 9,000 containers and 6,000 imported vehicles, continue to congest major terminals.

According to guardian.ng, the alarming situation is hindering terminal operators from efficiently handling new cargoes arriving in the country, exacerbating the challenges faced by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) with limited space.

Ibrahim Tanko, the National Coordinator of the 100 Percent Compliance Team of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), expressed concern over the abundance of overtime cargoes deliberately left unattended in the ports and terminals. He emphasized the urgent need to release these cargoes to government warehouses to alleviate the strain on port infrastructure.

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Tanko raised questions about the terminals holding onto these cargoes while complaining about space shortages. The lack of movement of the abandoned cargoes has become a significant bottleneck, prompting the NPA to voice concerns about the congestion.

The Federal Government’s recent approval of an increase in cargo handling charges at Nigerian seaports adds to the challenges, potentially leading to higher demurrage costs. Tanko praised the Nigerian Shippers’ Council for intervening and reducing the proposed charges from a 600 percent increment to a 400 percent increment. He acknowledged the achievement but emphasized the need for terminal operators to implement the reduction.

However, Tanko expressed uncertainty regarding whether terminal operators, represented by the Seaports Terminal Operators of Nigeria (STOAN), have begun implementing the reduction. He warned of potential protests if the reduction is not enforced terminal by terminal.

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Despite disagreements among some freight forwarders regarding the reduction, Tanko appealed for unity and urged them to trust their leaders to safeguard their interests. He acknowledged the stifling impact of demurrage on businesses and called for a five-day window to initiate a positive change while negotiations progress.

In an effort to encourage the clearance of cargoes and decongest the terminal, the Tincan Island Container Terminal (TICT) has taken a proactive step by reducing its storage tariff. The terminal announced the reduction, effective from October 26, 2023, as a gesture of goodwill and consideration for its customers amid the challenging economic situation in the country.

Importers and their agents are urged to expedite the release of their cargoes to avoid further storage costs. The move by TICT aims to ease the burden on importers and facilitate a smoother flow of cargo operations at the terminal.

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