The Nigerian Shippers Council has announced that it is making moves to ensure that evacuation of containers by rail, which has since been suspended, should resume back at APM Terminals, Apapa.
Rakiya Zubairu, Head of Public Relations of Shippers Council said that the Council recently brokered a meeting between Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) and APM Terminals on how effective use of the rail system for cargo evacuation.
She said “In an effort to enhance operational efficiency ,and to encourage multimodal approach to cargo evacuation especially within this period, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) recently paid a working visit to APM Terminal, the biggest container terminal in Nigeria”
“During the visit the Council brokered a meeting between Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) and the terminal on rail evacuation of cargo which has been the temporarily suspended”
“The meeting was successful as both parties pledged to abide with the Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) already established”
Rakiya assured that the Council would closely monitor developments in regards to the implementation of the outcome of the meeting.
According to her, the Council Management thereafter, in company of Port Health officials, visited the commercial offices of APMT to observe compliance with health and safety protocols issued by the authorities.
“Mr. Najeem Salami addressed the freight forwarders on the importance of adhering to the protocols for staying healthy in this season of COVID-19 while demonstrating proper ways to practice social distancing, hand washing and wearing of face masks” she said