2.1.1 Nigeria Port of Apapa Quays (Lagos)

Port Overview

The Lagos Port Complex also referred to as Premiere Port (Apapa Quays) is the earliest and largest Port in Nigeria. It is situated in Apapa, Lagos State, the commercial centre of Nigeria.

The Lagos Port Complex has five (5) private Terminals and eight (8) jetties. The Terminal Operators are:

  • AP Moller Terminal Ltd. (APMT),
  • ENL Consortium Ltd. (ENL),
  • Apapa Bulk Terminal Ltd. (ABTL),
  • Greenview Development Nigeria Ltd. (GNDL)
  • Lilypond Inland Container Terminal.

The Port has two (2) Logistics bases:

  • Eko Support Services Ltd. and
  • Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics (LADOL).

It is registered as an ISPS certified Port facility and offers 24hrs operation. All operational areas are guarded by both armed and unarmed security personnel, as well as with Closed Circuit Television (CCTV).

The Apapa Port is well equipped with modern cargo handling equipment and personnel support facilities. It has intermodal connection – rail (to 1 terminal), water and road, however road transport is by far the dominant method. This results in bottlenecks caused by traffic gridlock due to the large numbers of trucks entering and exiting the port facilities and parked on access roads waiting call up.

Military and paramilitary checkpoints close to the ports and environs further add to delays and the congestion issues.

The Terminal has the added advantage of APM Terminals’ Lilypond Inland Container Depot (ICD) located just 4 km from the port. Covering an area of 120,000 m2 it provides an additional capacity of 7,000 TEUs.  

Sugar, salt and flour are produced in factories belonging to operators within the port.

Port website:

Key port information may also be found at:

Port Location and Contact



Province or District

Lagos State

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Port

Lagos - 1 km

Port's Complete Name

Lagos Port Complex


06°25’7” N


003°20’53” E

Managing Company or Port Authority

Nigeria Ports Authority (oversight)

Terminals A & B: Apapa Bulk Terminal Ltd   Terminals C & D: ENL Consortium Ltd.

Container Terminal: AP Moller.

Terminal E: Greenview Dev. Nig.Ltd.

Lilypond Container Terminal: Lilypond

Management Contact Person

Nigeria Ports Authority

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport

Arik Air, British Airways, Delta Airlines, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Virgin Atlantic Airways

Port Picture

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

Under the NPA concession scheme the following operators are responsible for the management, maintenance and operations of one each of the eight terminals.

The Terminal Operators are: AP Moller Terminal Ltd. (APMT), ENL Consortium Ltd. (ENL), Apapa Bulk Terminal Ltd. (ABTL), Greenview Development Nigeria Ltd. (GNDL) and Lilypond Inland Container Terminal.

For more information on port contacts, please see the following link: 4.4 Nigeria Port and Waterways Company Contact List

Port Performance

Max. size: Anchorage: LOA 182.9 m., draft 8.53 m. Containers: Draft 12.0 m. Bulk: Draft 12.5 m. Tankers: LOA 190 m., draft 13.0 m. Gas: Draft 11.0 m.

Port is congested due to slower than optimum turnaround times. Additionally there is congestion occurring as a result of road transport bottlenecks. There is no priority for humanitarian cargoes.

Seasonal Constraints


Time Frame

Rainy Season


From April to September

Major Import Campaigns


From October to March

Other Comments

The peak months of the rainy season is between the months of July and August. The major import periods precede the end of year festivities for Nigeria and its major trading partners (Chinese New Year)

Handling Figures for 2017

Vessel Calls


Container Traffic (TEUs)


Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2017

Bulk (MT)

19,099,690 MT

Break bulk (MT)

25,000,000 MT

Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

For information on port rates and charges, please see the following link:

Additionally, individual terminal operators levy tariff charges these rates can be viewed at the following links:

Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth

Total Quantity

Length (m)

Maximum Draft (m)

Comments (Operator)

Conventional Berth


Ranging 146 – 157m

Ranging 10.5 to 13.5

Apapa bulk Terminal Ltd

Container & General


122 – 220m


ENL Consortium


150m – 180m


Container Berth


140m - 180m



Silo Berth



Berthing Tugs



Water Barges





Clearing and forwarding agents will allocate appropriate berths for the necessary cargo requirement. 

General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports - Bagged Cargo

Apapa 1 -14,19 -20

Exports - Bagged Cargo

Imports and Exports - RoRo

No RoRo

Other Imports

Port Handling Equipment

Port equipment is managed by the terminal operators. 



Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane


Multi-purpose x 5+

Portainer x 2 (35MT)+

Floating (250MT)+

Quay (5MT)+

Functional - good

Container Gantries


Sufficient for demand

Functional - good

Mobile Cranes


Sufficient for demand

Functional - good



Sufficient for demand

Functional - good

RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)


Sufficient for demand

Functional - good

Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines


Sufficient for demand

Functional - good



Sufficient for demand

Functional - good



Sufficient for demand

Functional - good



Sufficient for demand

Functional - good

Container Facilities

There are extensive container facilities. Apapa is one of the busiest container ports in Africa


20 ft

40 ft

Container Facilities Available


Container Freight Station (CFS)


Refrigerated Container Stations


Other Capacity Details

Port is congested but there are sufficient Inland Container Depot facilities available.

Daily Take Off Capacity
(Containers per Day)

There are no delays as a result of offloading capacity. Container unloading facilities are efficient.

Number of Reefer Stations
(Connection Points)


Emergency Take-off Capacity

There are no delays as a result of offloading capacity. Container unloading facilities are efficient.

Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
(Containers per Shift)

There are no delays as a result of offloading capacity. Container unloading facilities are efficient.

Customs Guidance

The Nigerian customs has functions which includes but is not limited to the following: Collection of revenue (Import /Excise Duties & other Taxes /Levies) and accounting for same; anti-smuggling activities; security functions; generating statistics for planning and budgetary purposes; monitoring Foreign Exchange utilisation, etc; engaging in Research, Planning and Enforcement of Fiscal Policies of Government; manifest processing; licensing and registration of Customs Agents; registration and designation of collecting banks; and working in collaboration with other government agencies in all approved ports and border station. Customs offices are located within and outside the port complex.

There are 3 units: inspection, clearing and gate control.

Hours are weekdays between 1000 to 1600 for clearing and 1000-2000 hours for release. Clearing and release officers do not operate weekends or public holidays and may be more difficult to engage on Fridays. Customs Gate Exit officers are on duty 24/7.

For more information on customs in Nigeria please see the following link: 1.3 Nigeria Customs Information

Terminal Information


There are multiple multipurpose terminals available they have all necessary facilities (handling equipment, space, storage etc) available.


There are bulk handling and bagging facilities available in the port. They are not available on all terminals. Clearing and forwarding agents will advise which terminal should be used if these facilities are required. Direct bagging from ship discharge is not possible but can be facilitated in the port area.


There is sufficient current warehouse space for food stores, bagged and general cargo however not all facilities are totally secure. This should be checked with clearing agents.

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (m2)

Bagged Cargo

Sufficient for current demand and surge

Refrigerated Cargo

Refrigerated containers only

1000+ connections

General Cargo

Sufficient for current demand and surge


Stevedoring services are the sole responsibility of the terminal operators. In addition to in-house stevedores, there are several third-party service providers registered with each terminal and the terminal operators nominate stevedoring companies to handle respective vessels. Stevedoring services are adequate and skilled.

Hinterland Information

More than 90 percent of all import shipments are moved out from the port by road. Goods or containers are loaded on respective trucks for delivery to destination. Truck ownership here is a combination of terminal and third-party vendors. Only a small percentage of cargo is initially moved using barges which haul these shipments to another location within the port city from where they are also eventually loaded onto waiting trucks. ATM Terminal has the only access to rail. They load less than 20 percent of their total cargo out by this method.

Port Security

All terminal facilities here currently operate on ISPS level 1. There are strict access control mechanisms put in place by each terminal to prevent the entry of un-authorized personnel into the terminal. All authorized persons must conform to international safety standards.


ISPS Compliant


Current ISPS Level
(Level 1 = Normal, Level 2 = Heightened, Level 3 = Exceptional)

Level 1

Police Boats


Fire Engines



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