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





The 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.