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Shippers urge NPA to simplify call-up system for containers

The President,
Shippers Association Lagos State (SALS), Mr Jonathan Nicol, has urged the
Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to simplify the call-up system of returning
overtime containers into the ports.

Nicol made the
appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on
He alleged that
some transporters in Lagos paid between N20, 000 and N30,000 for 1 × 20ft
container in an off dock terminal and between N40,000 and N45,000 for 1× 40ft
“Forty five
thousand Naira is too much to offload an empty container and this is the reason
why those truck drivers cannot afford to pay and they prefer to remain on the
“We want NPA to
look into the issue of huge payment being charged by operators of the holding
“We want all
the payment issues to be streamlined properly; not just the money but the
service that normally goes with the payment.
“Empty containers
that should be off-loaded are supposed to be free because the shipping lines
are taking them back,” Nicol said.
He said that trucks
are not warehouse where empty container should be kept.
Nicol said that it
was the duty of the Shipping lines to collect their empty containers after off
loading the goods from the containers.
The association
boss, however, said that most of the empty containers should be off-loaded in
the night to reduce the gridlock on ports access roads in Lagos. (NAN)

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