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WACT Commissions four lane in-gate facility at Onne Port

West Africa Container Terminal (WACT) has significantly boosted its operations with the official opening of a brand new four-lane in-gate facility at Onne Port, Rivers State. This investment brings WACT closer to its vision of becoming the gateway to Eastern Nigeria and beyond.

Enhanced Efficiency and Security

The new in-gate is part of WACT's USD 115 million investment in the terminal upgrade project. It offers a comprehensive suite of logistics solutions designed to empower Nigerian businesses and improve overall port efficiency in sharp consonance with the Federal Government’s drive of ease of doing business in Nigeria.

Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, the Managing Director of WACT, Mr. Jeethu Jose, highlighted the project's significance:

  • Improved access and security
  • Faster cargo movement
  • Reduced truck turnaround times to under 45 minutes
  • Reduced congestion and costs for businesses

Strong Public-Private Partnership

The commissioning ceremony underscored the strong collaboration between WACT and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA). WACT's new in-gate complements NPA's recent launch of the Road D stretch within the port, showcasing a commitment to improved infrastructure.

Benefits for All Stakeholders

Customers: The new in-gate, combined with WACT's Truck Appointment System (TAS), allows for faster booking and processing of imports, exports, and empty container drop-offs.

Truckers: The facility reduces congestion and waiting times, leading to lower costs and improved efficiency.

Nigerian Economy: WACT's investment demonstrates confidence in Nigeria's economy and contributes to facilitating international trade.

Continuous Innovation

WACT remains committed to continuous innovation and service improvement. The company aims to simplify cargo movement and provide a consistently efficient experience for all its customers.

The event was attended by representatives from the Nigerian Ports Authority, Maritime Workers Union, and the WACT management team, signifying broad support for the project's contribution to improved port operations.

WACT is the first greenfield container terminal in Nigeria to be built under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model. The terminal is located within the Oil and Gas Free Zone in Onne Port, Rivers State. Over the years, it has grown to become the most efficient gateway to markets outside the Lagos area and is a major gateway to East Nigeria.

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