Shipping to and from Nigeria

Your complete guide to shipping to and from Nigeria. Find the right route, get Maersk office locations, discover local solutions, payment options and more.

COVID-19 Operational status

Due to COVID-19, key elements of your supply chain like warehousing, terminal or customs operations might suffer disruption. In order to react to any change we are capturing and updating daily the latest operational status for each country.

COVID-19 Operational status (updated 21-05-2020)

Operation Market Status Maersk Operational Status
Operation
General status
Market Status
Nigeria Government has relaxed the lockdown in Lagos thereby bringing business activities back to normal with curfew declared from 8pm to 6am daily. Kano is still under lockdown but logistics services are still happening as essential.
Other conditions are still applicable as cases continue to be on the rise across the country. Maintaining social distancing and ensuring number of people in a gathering is compliant with government directives.
Maersk Operational Status
Operation
Counter open
Market Status
Open as normal
Maersk Operational Status
Online transactioons prioritized with only skeleton staff present at counter.
Operation
Ocean carrier status
Market Status
Business as usual
Maersk Operational Status
No restriction on ocean vessels movements with requirement for 14days vessel isolation before berth (nil impact since waiting time in Lagos is far more). Impact is more for Onne.
Operation
Reefer booking acceptance
Market Status
Business as usual
Maersk Operational Status
Operation
Terminal status
Market Status
All terminals operating as usual
Maersk Operational Status
  • Movement of cargo is restricted to essential goods (food, pharma, FMCGs etc) though all kind of cargo still moving.
  • High terminal utilisation due to discharge rate over gate out rate slow since lockdwon.
  • We have started seeing improved gate out from week 17 and sustained at about 80% to precovid period.
Operation
Customs authorities
Market Status
Open
Maersk Operational Status
Operation
Warehousing
Market Status
Operating with limited capacity
Maersk Operational Status
Maersk currently operates a small warehouse and utilisation unchange for now and expected to remain.
Operation
Inland container yards
Market Status
Open
Maersk Operational Status
3rd Party
Operation
Inland trucking
Market Status
Restrictions on certain corridors
Maersk Operational Status
Trucking activity coming back to normal with improved gate movements.
Operation
Rail transport
Market Status
No Service
Maersk Operational Status
Suspended due to ongoing construction
Operation
Barge shipment
Market Status
Restrictions on certain corridors
Maersk Operational Status
Barge activity returning to normal
Operation
Air freight
Market Status
Only available from/to certain destinations
Maersk Operational Status
There was a disruption few weeks back but air cargo have returned back but not at normal levels.

Local information

Port
Apapa
Address
P.M.B 1021, Apapa, Lagos, Nigeria
Telephone
+234 1 5452820
Opening hours

As Nigeria’s largest shipping line, we are uniquely placed to help Nigerian businesses connect to the world.

Whether you are shipping standard, refrigerated or oversized cargo, we have the local expertise and global network needed to get it to its destination – wherever in the world that happens to be. We have offices in Lagos, Kano and Port Harcourt, and offer regular connections from all major ports in Nigeria to our vast ocean fleet. From here, the rest of the world is just a short hop away.

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