The Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council Mr. Hassan Bello has expressed concern over the congestion at the APMT terminal, urging the newly-appointed APMT Country Manager, Mr. Klaus Laursen to decongest his terminal and prioritise export cargoes.
Bello stated this when he received Mr. Klaus Laursen, the newly-appointed Country Manager of APM terminals in his office in Lagos.
Welcoming Mr. Laursen to Nigeria, the ES commended APMT for its acquisition of new cargo handling equipment, and told Mr. Laursen that current economic realities dictate that exports are priority and must be treated as such.
The ES suggested that export cargo should not attract storage charges and should be accelerated through the terminals.
He also informed the APMT Country Manager of Council’s resolve to ensure that all terminals’ processes are fully automated and integrated with other port service providers’ and user’s before the year runs out.
Hassan Bello commended APMT’s collaboration with Nigerian Railway Corporation and barge operators in cargo delivery and evacuation.
Responding, Mr. Laursen said congestion at the terminal is due to freight forwarders not coming to clear their containers. This he said has contributed in no small way to the back log of ships on Nigeria’s territorial waters, but assured that APMT has been able to reduce yard occupancy from 98% to 77%.
On automation, Mr. Laursen said APMT plans to optimize haulage at its terminal by implementing an electronic platform for truck management. He disclosed that discussions on this are ongoing with Nigerian Ports Authority.
Speaking further, he added that the terminal issues, Terminal Delivery Orders online, payments, invoicing and a range of other services are also online so Freight forwarders don’t need to be physically present at their terminal.
With regard to export cargo, Laursen said they need to have all their documentation including customs clearance before accessing the terminal
He suggested that the Nigeria Railway Corporation advertise its services in order to increase patronage.
Recall that APMT is the biggest terminal in Nigeria