APM Terminals Underlines the Need for Collaboration Among Port Stakeholders

APM Terminals Underlines the Need for Collaboration Among Port Stakeholders

Kathy Kyari 

Steen Knudsen, the terminal manager of APM Terminals Apapa, has emphasized the necessity of cooperation among all parties involved in the logistics value chain in order to enhance port operations.

He revealed this recently during separate visits to the terminal by a group from the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), headed by the National President, Nwokeji Emenike, and Barr. Akutah Pius Ukeyima, Executive Secretary/CEO of the Nigerian Shippers' Council (NSC).

In a statement released on Thursday, Knudsen claimed that the terminal operator has no control over a large number of the variables that hinder the timely delivery of containers at the terminal.

“The terminal has improved on its processes though automation, as importers and their agents can now book their containers for examination and carry out other transactions online from the comfort of their homes or offices without having to visit the terminal.

“Global trade needs efficient port operations and integrated solutions. We started a new and exciting journey in Apapa three years ago where we deployed a significant amount of new equipment. We have also improved our facilities and trained all employees across functions and levels. This journey is our transformation to international standards.

“It is important that we embrace the transformation and accept that it is a multi-year journey, which is closely linked to our values as a company and our primary objective to create value for the Nigerian economy. This transformation offers all of us exciting new challenges, which we can all learn and grow from,” he said.

He promised prompt container delivery and effective service to licensed Customs agents and freight forwarders.

According to him, the port has made significant investments in digital technology and freight handling machinery to guarantee that its clients receive timely service.

With more scanners deployed to the port, Knudsen expressed optimism that cargo distribution to consignees would happen more quickly. He also mentioned that APM Terminals was in talks with the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) about investing in further scanners.

Additionally, he charged truck drivers to adhere to the Nigerian Ports Authority's (NPA) eTO electronic call-up system's rules of engagement.

“Truck drivers who by-pass the electronic truck appointment system create problems on the road and in the port, thereby hampering efficient cargo delivery,” he said.

The NSC Executive Secretary, Barr. Akutah Pius Ukeyima, underlined the Council's commitment to port efficiency while urging investment in port operations. Additionally, he emphasized the Federal Government's dedication to enhancing port infrastructure.

Nwokeji Emenike, National President of the ANLCA, stated that in order to increase port efficiency, his organization will keep interacting with terminal operators.

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