Okada ban ’ill hamper cargo clearance in Lagos Ports’

The Vice President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Clearing Agents (ANLCA) Collins Farinto, has expressed concern over the effect of the ban on the operations of commercial motorcycles and tricycles in some parts of Lagos State, saying that the ban would impact negatively on cargo clearance at both the Apapa and Tin-Can Ports. Farinto, who noted that the ban was already causing serious hardship on agents, said those who have business in Apapa and Tin-Can axis of the metropolis had resorted to trekking long distances before getting to their offices.

He said: "In the heat of gridlock, with vehicular movements painfully truncated, stakeholders and freight forwarders had come to rely on motorcycles.  ban will no doubt, cripple cargo clearance, particularly at the Lagos ports." According to him, many agents carry out substantial part of their ports' operations by patronising commercial motorcycles, especially to enable them fast-track documentation on goods clearance to avoid incurring demurrage.

Farinto expatiated: "Everybody can testify to it that all the activities relating to getting cargo documents processed have been made easy due to the availability of commercial motorcycles.

"About 99 per cent of our job is done by transporting ourselves on motorcycles.

If we have any consignment to clear at the Tin-Can port or Kirikiri Lighter Terminal, one has to trek now or drive through the bad roads.

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