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APMT, freight forwarders Agreement: Containers must be positioned within 48 hours of request

recent agreement reached between freight forwarders and officials of APMT
Limited provides that the terminal operator must position containers for
examination within 48 hours after request has been made by the agents.

Part of the agreement is also for the booking of all containers
listed on the Bill of Lading irrespective of their numbers.
It was also agreed that should the terminal operator fail to
position containers for examination within 48 hours, it shall not collect any
storage charge from the affected containers until the containers are positioned
for examination.
Under the new arrangement, examination shall begin
from   9 am and end at 6pm every day, but subject to the availability
of the officials of the Customs Service.
Terminal Delivery Order (TDO) validity is also to be extended by
12 hours by APMT after expiration.
Issuance and writing of TDOs shall also be extended to Saturdays
and Sundays between 9 am and 5pm.
APMT is expected to waive 10 days rent /storage charges accrued
during the industrial action against the terminal operators.
 It was also expected for the APMT to engage shipping companies
to equally waive any demurrage as a result of the industrial action.
The agreement was signed by ANLCA Chairman, Olumide Fakanlu; Dr.
Nnamdi Ajuzie, NAGAFF Chairman Alhaji Tanko Ibrahim – NCMDCA;   Jones
Idemili – ARFFN; Chika Nwaogu for Amato on the part of the aggrieved freight
forwarders and truck owners.
On the other hand, Daniel Odibe, Stakeholder Manager, olatusisun
Ayodele, Security Manager signed for the APMT.
The   agreement was signed in the presence of Barrister Iyke
Ukadike who has his Chambers at Nnewi Building, Apapa and Oyetobummy Oluwalobi
of APMT.
The content of the agreement shows that the freight forwarders
made remarkable success as a result of the strike which started on November 3
and lasted till Nov. 17.
The leaders of agents association have also requested that the
agreement reached with the APMT should be implemented to the letter and
extended to other terminal operators.
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