Terminal have accused the Concessionaire of lack of determination to make the
facility economically vibrant.
|Mr Femi Olabanji, Chairman ANLCA, Lilypond Chapter|
Eporwei Edike to the Lilypond Customs Command, representatives of the various
associations pleaded for government’s intervention to save their business
operations from total collapse.
|Mr John Ihejieto, Chairman, NCMDLCA, Lilypond|
Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA)at Lilypond said the Concessionaire’s
disposition showed a deliberate attempt at allowing the place ‘close shop.’
the facility could be better managed by another interested business owner.
this terminal is not concerned.
terminal as a business point, it will be
better for them, but they don’t care
because Apapa is paying them.
producing money, it is not being utilised, you need to give it out to somebody
who can utilise it,” he said.
containers would get cleared faster compared to busier terminals where importers
may have to pay demurrage as a result of attending to so many imports at the
job there it takes you long time before you can take it out because of
about 10 containers to be examined and you have to examine all before you
release, it takes you two weeks.
that from the day you bring your container, it will take two to three days to
clear your container out.
are going into demurrage; the time of examination is a problem because they
have more than enough and keep some of the consignment in block-staking which
is just causing demurrage,” Olabanji noted.
offer in cost because according to him, even if importers claimed to enjoy
waivers at other terminals, they still would pay the shipping companies.
National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents (NCMDLCA)
sought the intervention of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed
CGC, intimating him of their challenge and possible ways that the issue could
allowing the facility, which he said ‘can take up to 15 ships containers’, go
redundant by giving all attention to their other terminals in Apapa to the
detriment of this.
agreement of this place and see what can be done about it. Such a place should not lie fallow.
have decided to let this place lie fallow, while they are not ready to leave
let it go.
arriving Apapa port, the containers should be transferred to various terminals
where the importer takes delivery, but the concessionaires now decided to be warehousing
containers at Apapa.
they don’t want to work outside Apapa again.
go to other shipping companies than can operate this place,” he said.
mention, said containers would only be stemmed to Lilypond Terminal if and when
there is congestion at the Apapa port.
additional cost for stemming their container to the facility when they could
just get it all done in Apapa port.
facility would be made, on the expiration of the present concession agreement
between the Nigerian Ports Authority and the facility managers.