Largest container terminal in Nigeria, APM Terminals in Apapa Lagos has said that export cargoes which previously made up about 7% of its total cargo throughput now account for 25%.
The Stakeholder Manager, APM Terminal, Daniel Odibe stated this at the weekend when the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers Council, Barr Hassan Bello visited the terminal on a working visit.
Daniel Odibe, said the terminal is contributing to the Federal Government’s drive to improve the economy through its services.
He said the 25% increase in export cargoes occurred between 2018 and 2019. He attributed this increase to favourable government policies. Odibe expressed the terminal operators’ readiness to improve on service delivery.
Speaking earlier, the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Council, Mr. Hassan Bello called on terminal operators to embrace efficiency to address congestion at the Nigerian ports’ terminal.
According to him, the terminal operators have a role to play in ensuring that the trucks coming in or leaving the ports are not causing congestion.
He maintained that the delays should not be seen as opportunity to impose extra costs on containers at the detriment of the shippers.
Bello also urged them to stop imposing charges on containers landed at the ports during Yuletide.