The lingering Apapa traffic gridlock is digging deep holes into the pockets of importers.

And they are crying out. Unfortunately, no one seems to hear their screams.

On Thursday, some importers lamented the rising cost of hauling containers from the Apapa Sea Ports to warehouses in Lagos.

They say they could hardly cope with the new fee of 700,000 naira per cargo.

According to an importer and President, Association of Progressive Traders, APT, Trade Fair Complex, Lagos, Jude Okeke, the implication of this is that prices of goods will continue to rise.

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“Before the traffic congestion that has become synonymous with the ports access roads, it was easy to bring cargoes to the markets with little transport fare.

“Today, the thought of having one’s container berthing at the Apapa Wharf sends shivers to one’s spine because of the trouble associated with such venture,” Okeke lamented.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria that with the uncertainty in bringing cargo through the Apapa ports, importers might be compelled to use neighbouring country’s ports.

The APT president therefore pleaded with the Federal Government to open up other sea ports in the country to decongest the Lagos ports.

Speaking on the cost of hauling cargo, within Lagos, a shipper, Mr Emeka Amadi lamented that the Apapa road had defied all known solutions.

“Even the Presidential Order given some weeks ago by Vice-President is temporary as the containers have lined-up in the area, blocking every available space.

“That is why the price of transportation of cargo is on the increase. You do not expect somebody’s truck to be on the road for days without the person charging money to cover for the days,” Amadi said.

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