How to ease the Importation/Exportation transportation Stress: The Barge Option

Nigeria’s seaports are rated as one of the most expensive seaports in West Africa. This is judging by the fact that a lot of import cargoes spend a long time before getting the needed clearance to move them to their respective warehouses. This results in payment of high demurrage charges to shipping companies and charges to terminal owners for not taking delivery of their cargoes as at when due.

This challenge can be largely attributed to the loop that is widely spreading in government agencies such as customs. Sometimes, a cargo can stay for between 20 to 60 days or more at the ports. This is largely caused by operational delays caused by human barrier element. Port officials need to determine the capacity of a particular port before receiving additional cargoes to avoid congestion.

There have been numerous discussions by various agencies on ways to further ease the gridlock on the Lagos Ports access roads, the effects on the ports, solution to the  issue of empty containers and overtime cargoes that have taken up most of the terminals  and how to  maximize the use of barges to convey goods through the waters.

We have discussed about the importance of the use of barges in transporting cargoes in our previous articles, please read HERE. Barges can be said to be the ‘saviour’ of transportation at the ports since its inception. The benefits are numerous, some of which are significant reduction of time in the transportation of cargoes and possible losses or damage of cargoes. The use of barge has brought a lot of ease to importers as they can get their cargoes almost immediately after its arrival at the port at an affordable cost.

At TGL, if there is anything we excel exceptionally at; it is how swift and efficient our barges operate. Our barges are fuel-efficient for the transportation of cargoes. Our barges ease air pollution and traffic congestion as it gets rid of the need of using many trucks to transport what one barge can transport. Thus, it is an efficient and cost-saving option in the shipping business.

Our Barge Operations covers but are not limited to Importation, Exportation and Empties management. We at TGL are readily available to smoothen your journey with our swift logistics system. Our services cover logistics, commodities trading and providing EPC services in the energy sector and other related sectors. With a team of over 50 years’ combined experience in freight forwarding, out-country and in-country logistics, compliance/documentation, and core technology services and we are more than able to ensure that the logistics process(es) of your business stays afloat.

Get in Contact with us for an experiential Logistics transportation Process


Phone Number: 0804 TGL DESK

Address: 68 Molade Okoya Thomas Street, Off Ajose Adeogun Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.

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