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Port Overview 

The Port Tin Can Island Port is the second busiest Port in Nigeria after Apapa Port. The port handles diversified cargoes with each terminal operator specializing in different forms of cargo (Dry and Wet bulk cargoes, Box-Containerized cargoes, RORO services). The Port port handles vessels ranging from 100m – 260m. It is well-equipped and up to date with modern equipment for clearing cargoes. Tin Can Island Port is the second busiest Port in Nigeria after Apapa Port. 

It provides water supply and bunkeringand 24 hours pilotage service. 


The terminal operators are:

  • A Josepdam Port Services,  
  • TICT Container Ltd,  
  • Ports & Cargo Handling Services,   
  • Five Star Logistics,  
  • Port & Terminal Multiservice Ltd  


  • Terminal A is predominantly a breakbulk terminal,  
  • Terminal B a core container terminal  terminal,  
  • Terminal C, D & E are conventional terminals (containerized, break bulk & RORO). 


Terminal berths are fully optimized however Port port is congested due to slower than optimum turnaround times. Major bottleneck also occurs as a result of the truck congestion to and from the port complexes. This is now being addressed using holding bays and progress/impact is being monitored. Average waiting time at Tin Can is 2.5 days.  


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 & August. The major import periods precede the end of year festivities for Nigeria and its major trading partners (Chinese New Year) 


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 !0001000-2000 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