NIGERIA: Lagos port congestion

Nigeria, which has the largest population in Africa, depends heavily on imported goods, and its major port is struggling to keep up with demand.

Transporting goods from the port to the mainland and other parts of the country can cost more than importing the goods.

The congestion at the port in Lagos has become so bad that it can cost more than $4,000 to truck a container 20km to the Nigerian mainland these days, almost as much as it costs to ship one 12,000 nautical miles from China. A long-running crisis at the Apapa and Tin Can Island ports, the main commercial entry points into Africa’s largest economy, has been exacerbated by the pandemic-induced economic slump and recent unrest in Nigeria’s commercial capital. Dozens of ships idle at sea, while hundreds of trucks sit in traffic for days or weeks waiting to enter and exit the port.

 

Presented by Romano Pisciotti

 

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