Customs close Lagos airport cargo terminal

The move comes after a few days after the Customs agents and freight forwarders had staged series of protests to express their grievances over the alleged illegal charges.


Murtala Muhammed International Airport


Customs agents as well as freight forwarders upon Friday close down the freight terminal of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, on alleged arbitrary violations by international airlines.

This came a few days after the Customs agents and freight forwarders had staged series of protests to express their grievances over the alleged illegal charges. The agents, it was learnt, had vowed not to resume operations at the terminal until foreign airlines and their representatives stopped the collection of the charges. However, the Nigerian Customs Service and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority have intervened in the matter with a view to resolving it soon.

A member of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agent, Lagos Airport Chapter, Mr. Alloysious Igwe, who confirmed this, however, said the cargo terminal would remain shut until the foreign airlines and their cargo agents withdrew the controversial charges. He explained that the arbitrary charges recently introduced by the airlines were not consistent with the standard operating procedures of cargo operations at the airport.

He said, “We were very surprised that these foreign airlines had introduced arbitrary charges for importers, which we feel is very illegal. We insist that the airlines must explain the rationale for collecting such illegal money.