Nigerian Ports Threatened with Closure

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As a result of severe gridlock along its port access roads, ports in Lagos, Nigeria have been threatened with closure by The Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), according to Business Day live.

The ANLCA constitutes a major arm of Nigerian port operators and generates a huge sum of revenue in form of customs duties through their clients, who are mainly importers and exporters.

Olayiwola Shittu, president of the ANLCA, said: “It takes an average of four days for a trailer to haveaccess to load at the termi- nals. Without solution soon, our association may have no option than to close the ports for fuel tankers to take over permanently.’’

PTI previously reported on a number of incidents whereby gridlock was disrupting the flow of cargo at container ports.

Gridlock had begun to mount in January as union tensions escalated at a number of US West Coast ports, causing various ports to shutdown, as well as a backlog of containers were anticipated to take around 3 months to clear.

The Port of Manila in the Philippines also went through a period of congestion but has since managed to resolve issues as authorities were better able to accommodate mega-ships with more effective berthing schedules.

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