MSC Shipping presently handles about 65 per cent of export out of the country, Onlinenewsngr can authoritatively report.
This is even as the company have cried out over hinders to its services by Ports and Cargo Service Nigeria Limited.
Onlinenewsngr gathered that MSC had been complaining over Ports and Cargo’s refusal to make space available at its terminal for goods meant for export from the terminal.
Investigation revealed that while other terminals are cooperating with the Shipping Line to facilitate easy export through their terminals, Ports and Cargo have been refusing to make space available for them.
As a result, the shipping line had dragged the terminal operator to the Nigerian Shippers Council, NSC to intervene.
The Executive Secretary of NSC, Hassan Bello, as a result of the complain of the shipping line, had approached Ports and Cargo to make space available for export goods handled by MSC.
Onlinenewsngr gathered that a solution to the problem was reached on May 6th, 2020 when the Bello personally went to terminal to witness the first shipment of export cargo from the facility.
When contacted, Bello confirmed the visit to the terminal over export, expressing happiness that the first consignments left the terminal May 6th, 2020.
He also confirmed that MSC Shipping handles about 65 per cent of export from the country and should be given all the assistance needed.
Speaking on the issue, Corporate Affairs Manager of Sifax Group, parent body of Ports and Cargo, Muyiwa Akande, said he does not have all the details but promised to get back to our report.
Akande however noted that there is congestion at the port currently as a result of COVID-19 which affected clearance of goods out of the ports. He also noted that the condition of the port access roads as well as the traffic situation which make transfer to boxes from the terminal to the off-dock terminal very difficult.