Hadiza Bala Usman, the Managing Director of Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), has announced that export cargoes have been barred from operating in Lagos ports for two weeks.
Hadiza while Speaking in an interview on Radio Now 95.3 FM, said the new order which became necessary to preventing parking on port access roads, takes effect from Monday March 22.
“All export cargoes for two weeks will not be allowed access into the port.
“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.”
Hadiza also disclosed that the suspension will aide consultations with export cargo stakeholders and the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) on harmonising the procedures needed for export.
She further stated that some exporters contribute to a huge traffic gridlock by approaching 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.
“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.”