Nicol made the appeal while speaking with the Newsmen in Lagos recently.
He alleged that some transporters in Lagos paid between N20,000 and N30,000 for 1 × 20ft container in an off-dock terminal and between N40,000 and N45,000 for 1× 40ft container.
“Forty-five thousand naira is too much to offload an empty container and this is the reason why those truck drivers cannot afford to pay and they prefer to remain on the streets.
“We want NPA to look into the issue of huge payment being charged by operators of the holding bays.
“We want all the payment issues to be streamlined properly; not just the money but the service that normally goes with the payment.
“Empty containers that should be off-loaded are supposed to be free because the shipping lines are taking them back,” Nicol said.
He said that trucks are not warehoused where empty container should be kept.
Nicol said that it was the duty of the Shipping lines to collect their empty containers after offloading the goods from the containers.
The association’s boss, however, said that most of the empty containers should be off-loaded in the night to reduce the gridlock on ports access roads in Lagos.