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Rail Connectivity

APM Terminals Apapa is the only container terminal in Nigeria with a rail link to other parts of the nation. Using our rail service, congestion can be avoided leading to faster turnaround time for cargo. Our rail facilities mean that cargo can be loaded directly onto a train at our terminal to the hinterland.

In 2013, we 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 introduced 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. 

Rail transport is quick and reliable – free of traffic jams - and is extremely suitable for heavy loads and dangerous transport. One train takes an average of 20 lorries off the road. By using rail transportation from the port, we shall all make freight transport more cost-efficient and also significantly reduce traffic congestion and the negative impact on the environment.