Nigerian Ports Authority Introduces 72-Hour Access Window for Export Trucks

The Nigerian Ports Authority introduces a 72-hour access window for export trucks to reduce congestion and boost the country's export competitiveness.

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Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed
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Nigerian Ports Authority Introduces 72-Hour Access Window for Export Trucks

Nigerian Ports Authority Introduces 72-Hour Access Window for Export Trucks

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has implemented a new policy granting export trucks a 72-hour window to access various terminals at Lagos Ports. This initiative aims to facilitate the timely movement of export cargo and alleviate congestion around port access roads.

Under the new policy, effective April 22, 2024, all left pregated export trucks will have only 72 hours to reach the designated terminal after leaving the Export Processing Terminal. Failure to access the port within this timeframe will result in the automatic deactivation of the truck's access ticket. The NPA has advised truckers to plan their schedules accordingly to ensure compliance and avoid disruptions in accessing the port terminals.

The decision comes as part of efforts to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion around the port complex. Stakeholders are encouraged to coordinate and ensure that trucks reach the port within the designated 72-hour window. The policy is intended to streamline the movement of export cargo and promote efficient port operations.

Why this matters: The introduction of the 72-hour access window for export trucks at Lagos Ports has the potential to significantly impact the efficiency and competitiveness of Nigeria's export sector. By reducing congestion and facilitating timely cargo movement, this policy could help boost the country's export volumes and enhance its position in international trade.

In a notice issued to participants in the port ecosystem, the NPA emphasized the importance of compliance with the new policy. The authority stated, "Effective April 22, 2024, all left pregated export trucks will have only 72 hours to access the designated terminal after leaving the Export Processing Terminal. Failure to access the port within the 72-hour window will result in the automatic deactivation of the truck's access ticket."

The president of the Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO) acknowledged receiving the notice but indicated that further study is needed, as the issue of export cargoes was also discussed at another meeting of interested parties.

Key Takeaways

  • NPA introduces 72-hour access window for export trucks at Lagos Ports.
  • Failure to access port within 72 hours leads to automatic deactivation of truck's access ticket.
  • Policy aims to facilitate timely export cargo movement and reduce port congestion.
  • Stakeholders advised to coordinate and ensure trucks reach port within 72-hour window.
  • Policy expected to boost Nigeria's export competitiveness and trade position.