Apapa Gridlock: NPA suspends cargoes export for two weeks

The Managing director of Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA),Hadiza Bala Usman jss declared that  export cargoes have been suspended from gaining access into the Lagos ports
Acccording to the statement from the Managing Director, the suspension will be  for two weeks.
In an interview with Radio Now 95.3 FM , she said that that the suspension will take effect from Monday, March 22.
According to her, NPA decides to take the step with a view to  preventing parking on port access roads as one of her ways to  end the Apapa gridlock problem.
“All export cargoes for two weeks will not be allowed access into the port,” she said.
“We have a backlog of over 600 trucks that have approached the port coming out of their truck parks and are currently in that location within the port corridors, within the Lilypond. So we are suspending all export cargoes.”
She clarified that the suspension does not  affect refrigerated export cargo and trucks whose operators received call-up tickets as of Friday, March 19.
Speaking further, she said that the move is needs to be taken  to allow time towards consulting nwith export cargo stakeholders and the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC)
She lamented that lots of exporters approach the ports without completing their documentation
“This has been a challenge for us, the documentation, in terms of readiness of the terminal operators to receive them, some of the certifications they require from supervisory agencies based on the type of exports that they carry,” she said.
“They also have several custom certifications and CBN documents that they need to complete.
“Recognising that as a problem, we have invited the export promotion council to join us this week to meet with the large exporters to make them understand the procedures as it relates to documentation.
“If any of your documents are not ready, you must remain within your location. Actually, you shouldn’t even start your journey to the ports.”

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