Dilapidated Apapa road drives Sifax RoRo terminal to Okota
Irked by the dilapidated nature of the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway that connects the ports, a multi-purpose terminal operator, SIFAX Group, has cited its newly opened Roll on, Roll Off (RoRo) terminal outside the port environment.
As part of the one-stop-shop vehicle importation service launched by SIFAX Group recently, the company has opened two terminals at Okota, Lagos, where the storage and releasing of the imported vehicles are done.
This is a sharp deviant from the practice where vehicles are cleared from facilities in and around the ports.
The Group Managing Director, SIFAX Group, John Jenkins, said the deteriorating state of the roads around the ports and the need to decongest the ports are two major factors for citing the terminals away from the port.
Jenkins, in a statement by the Corporate Affairs Manager, Muyiwa Akande said: “The reason why we made SIFAX terminals at Okota our releasing office was because there is a high demand for dedicated RoRo Off-dock terminal solutions outside the ports area. With an increase in import cargo and deteriorating roads, consignees are seeking for better accessibility in the release of their cargo. Our Off-dock terminals located at Okota offer this unique logistic advantage, which is highly recognised in Lagos.
“The Off-dock terminals are strategically located along the main roads of Lagos, and they are new purpose-built logistics centre for handling RoRo products for the Nigerian market. Its geographical position in the centre of Lagos industrial zone provides consignees with faster and more cost effective transport solution,” he said.
Jenkins further said that it was necessary to open the new terminals to customers because the ports area is a temporary transit base where cargoes are stored before it is then transferred to an off-dock terminal.
He also assured agents and consignees of an innovative, excellent and unparalleled customer service that will make the releasing of vehicles at the terminals a pleasurable experience.
General Manager, RoRo Terminals, SIFAX Group, Saheed Lasisi, noted that both terminals have all the required facilities to meet and exceed expectations of the agents.
“At the Okota terminals, we have the presence of the Nigerian Customs Service officers, a billing and manifest office and all other services that can make the releasing of vehicles very convenient. This is because we care a lot about our customers and clients,” he said.
The SIFAX Group vehicle importation service is a partnership involving foremost international shipping agent, Auto Export Shipping (AES), and Hyundai Glovis. Over 1,000 vehicles are expected to be imported into Nigeria from major ports in the United States every month.