Importers and their clearing agents have alerted relevant government authorities on the lack of adequate berthing spaces for ships calling at the Onne Port operated by the West African Container Terminal, WACT.
They lamented that cargo ships were being delayed with associated port charges, owing to the availability of only three functional berthing spaces. This situation, according to them, has led to a long line of ships on queue for as long as a month, before access to the port.
National President of National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, NAGAFF, Chief Increase Uche, who raised the alarm, informed that the association has already notified the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, of the development.
He, however, lamented that no steps have been taken to address the issue. This is even as he lamented that the cost of importing goods through the Eastern Ports was exorbitant and much higher than what is obtainable in Lagos, because of inadequate and infrastructural limitations in the Eastern ports.
Uche said: “When these vessels get to the anchorage in Port Harcourt, before they are allowed to access the berth, it takes up to three weeks and a month. This is because of the number of berths available there.