The Shippers’ Association Lagos State on Tuesday said the country lost 1 trillion naira annually through cargo diversion to ports in neighbouring countries due to bad roads to Lagos ports.
The association’s President, Jonathan Nicol, said that the losses arose from import duties and other charges not paid to Nigerian ports. According to him, there is massive diversion of Nigeria-bound cargo to ports in neighbouring countries due to bad access roads to Lagos ports.
The shippers said that demurrage, terminal charges and storage fees incurred by shippers ran into billions of naira daily.
Nicol called on the contractor handling the rehabilitation of the access roads to Apapa ports to expedite action to reduce problems encountered by shippers and truck owners.