Lagos — A new policy for the payment of demurrage via electronic platform has been approved by the managements of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, and the Truck Transit Parks Limited beginning from January 2023.
In a memo sighted by SweetcrudeReports and titled ‘Commencement of Automated Demurrage Collection Policy at ABAT Park’, it was decided that all trucks
Part of the Memo reads: “Following the approval of the Nigerian Ports Authority, we are pleased to inform all stakeholders that arrangements have been concluded for the commencement of the automated Demurrage Collection Policy at ABAT Park effective from January 12th, 2023.
“This means that all trucks that fail to exit the park after being called out to exit would have accrued demurrage automatically determined by the ‘Eto App’ and payable via direct wallet deduction or Point of Sale payment, POS within the Pre-gate, using corresponding journey codes as reference for each truck before subsequent exit will be enabled. This process will run automatically without any human interference.
All truckers routing through ABAT facility are hereby notified of this development and are advised to adhere to the established standard operating procedure for entry and exits of parks.
Speaking on the development, Managing Director of ABAT Truck Park, Managing Director of ABAT Truck Parks Limited, Mr. Akin Akinyelure said that since the TTP had the details of the truckers in their database, it was easy to connect with ABAT to effect payment electronically.
Akinyelure explained before the introduction of the electronic payment system, most of the truck drivers had a way of evading the payment but with the new system all truckers will be captured as well as their payment.
Speaking in similar vein Managing Director of Call-Up Technologies, Mr. Timi Koleolu said that there are not enough parks for truckers particularly tankers adding that his compmany in currently in talks with the leadership of Petroleum Tanker Drivers on how eklectronic queuing system can be used to manage tankers through Lagos.
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