Extraordinary ongoing delays at ports in and around Lagos in Nigeria are forcing liners to deploy extra ships to the region.
In a note to clients yesterday German carrier Hapag-Lloyd revealed waiting times at APM Terminals’ Apapa facility exceed 30 days while calls to Bollore’s Tincan Island Container Terminal are also experiencing three-week delays.
Severe congestion at the terminals combined with massive traffic on roads leading to the ports have made Lagos a very expensive place to move goods.
A recent study shows loocal transport costs in Lagos are more than seven times higher than in Tema in Ghana and Durban in South Africa, largely thanks to perpetual congestion at the port. Poor access roads and long waiting times at the port’s entrance often cause backups of container-laden trucks stretching 10 km, resulting in traffic jams on the city’s major highways and bridges.
Under pressure executives from APM Terminals Apapa have said they are investing in new equipment, much of which is arriving this month as well earmarking a significant expansion of its container storage yard.