The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has designated 17 truck parks with a capacity to contain over 3,500 trucks for the haulage of various kinds of cargoes under its electronic call-up system also referred to as Eto.
Assistant General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications of the NPA, Ibrahim Nasiru, in a statement, stated that although Eto experienced teething problems as would be expected of innovations of its nature, the Authority was pleased that these issues were being tackled as they arise adding that steady progress was being made in the process.
It noted that as part of efforts to deepen the impact of Eto and make the movement of trucks more seamless, the Authority, after consultations with stakeholders arrived at the categorisation of trucks parks as batching points for all trucks doing business at the ports.
According to the statement, transporters and truck owners who do not use the approved truck parks based on the categorisation, would be unable to access the ports.
“While the Authority is working with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) to arrive at a more conducive environment for the operation of export cargo owners, the Authority wishes to state that truckers in this category should ensure they complete all documentation required by the Nigerian Customs Service, Terminal Operators, and Shipping Lines before approaching the ports. Failure to complete the documentation will be met with denial of access into the ports.
“The Authority recognises and appreciates, the Government of Lagos State under the leadership of His Excellency, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for the commitment to ending the truck congestion through enforcement.
“Management is grateful to all stakeholders and associations for their cooperation towards the successful implementation of the regime of reforms and hereby solicits continued support”, the statements read.