There was tension at the Tin Can Island Port, Apapa, Lagos, on Wednesday, when members of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) shut the Roll-on Roll-off vehicle terminal at the port, 5star Logistics Terminal, over alleged collection of demurrage on vehicles that are yet to be discharged on-board a vessel.
The Chairman of the chapter, Alhaji Muhammed Mojeed, accused the operators of the terminal of high-handedness and incompetency.
Speaking after a protracted meeting with the management of the terminal, Mojeed listed some of the challenges facing their members to include a collection of demurrage on several vehicles that are yet to be discharged on-board a vessel and vandalism of imported vehicles.
Others lack adequate handling equipment, epileptic Customs servers, which he said, lead to the payment of demurrage most of the time.
He added that cargoes were being delayed at the 5star Terminal as a result of lack of space at one of its affiliate bonded terminals; Classic Bonded Terminal, Ojo, Lagos.
Also, Alhaji Rilwan Amuni lamented the lack of security at the terminal which has led to pilfering and damage done to imported vehicles.
The ANLCA Chairman and his executive said they had made their demands known to the management of 5 -star Terminal, saying that 50 percent of demurrage on cars trapped inside the terminal must be removed or the terminal would remain closed.
The agents alleged that the Customs OC gate was delaying already cleared cargoes sometimes for as much as two weeks for no reason.
General Manager of 5Star Terminal, Mr Wolfgang Schneider, and his Customer Care Officer, Mr Chucks Okereafor promised to get back to the agents after consulting with their management.
Presently, all access to the 5Star Terminal was closed, while the angry clearing agents proceeded to the Customs officer in charge of the (OC) gate at Car park C.