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Our Terminal

One of the largest container terminals in West Africa, APM Terminals Apapa is a fast-paced, structured organization that is highly data centric, enabling us to provide our beloved customers with access to information required in making effective business decisions. 

As an organization, we understand and appreciate the impact of our activities on our environment and hence, seek to make your terminal experience as seamless as possible by providing products and services, aimed at improving your experience.

Video: PZ Cussons is Nigerian Company that is benefiting from the investments made by APM Terminals in the Apapa Container Terminal in Lagos.

Equipment & Facilities

  • Paved yard area: 55 Ha
  • Quay length: 1,005m
  • Mobile harbour cranes:13
  • RTGs: 30 (41t max lifting capacity)
  • Annual capacity: Over 1,000,000 TEUs


APM Terminals Apapa took over the concession at Lagos’ Apapa Container Terminal in 2006. In 2011, a USD $135 million investment was announced for infrastructure and handling equipment, modernisation of the terminals IT hardware and software systems, and additional capacity. In 2016, four additional RTGs increased the total to 14. In 2020, two new mobile harbour cranes were acquired as part of an investment of USD80 million for the year 2020-2021, bringing the total investment by the company in Apapa since 2006 to USD438million (about N184billion), which is the highest by any private terminal operator in Nigeria, resulting in significant improvements in productivity, with zero waiting times for vessel berthing and a doubling of container volume

Video: Equipment and infrastructure renewal project at APM Terminals Apapa commenced in 2020.

Intermodal connections

In 2013, the terminal restored a regular rail service, running three times per week to the inland cities of Kaduna, 730 km (455 miles) and Kano, 960 km (600 miles). In addition to making passenger rail travel from Lagos to Kano faster and safer in 2020, contracted and scheduled freight rail services were for the first time in a decade. In June 2020, two daily connections were introduced to Alagomeji Terminals in Yaba and Ijoko Terminals in Ogun State. Trucks can then be deployed to both locations to collect containers and return empties, which the NRC will convey back to the port.

To reduce truck traffic, the Terminal also operates an inland barge service that can handle up to 20 TEU per barge.


In 2014, the terminal was named the “Most Environmentally Conscious Port Operator at the Lagos Port Complex” by the Nigerian Port Authority’s Environment Department of the Health, Safety and Environment Division. It has since maintained these high standards.

Safety & Security

In addition to meeting international security requirements outlined by the International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) code, and APM Terminals global safety requirements, the Terminal operates a truck safety program program that ensures that designated, physically protected areas are provided for drivers conducting operational activities outside of their truck cabs, as well as safety instructions specific to each facility’s layout and traffic flow. For training crane operators, the Terminals uses a the most advanced crane simulator on the African Continent.