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Terminal Operators To Apply Port Charges On Weekends, Public Holidays

Posted: Jul 28, 2015 at 12:20 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Andrew Airahuobhor, Lagos


Seaports Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STAON) has said that port operators are bound to apply relevant charges since terminals are open during weekends and public holidays.

STOAN said in a statement that ports are essential services obligated to remain open at all times including weekends and public holidays.

“24/7 operation provides the necessary spread to eliminate congestion and unnecessary backlog of consignments inside the terminals. It makes the ports a lot more efficient and is mandatory,” said STOAN Chairman, Princess Vicky Haastrup.

She added that “The terminals are open for full operation on weekends and public holidays and many consignees take delivery of their cargo on such days. Traffic is lighter and the rush is not as bad as what you see on week days so we urge those who are not taking advantage of these days to do so.”

The concession agreement stipulates 24/7 round the clock operation at the ports, a position reinforced by former Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar at a meeting he held with operators, shipping companies, representatives of government agencies and port users on September 27 2013 at the Western Ports office of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) in Apapa where it was emphasized that all parties must turn up for cargo examination and delivery on weekends and public holidays.