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GMT solutions: from Logistic Challenges to Competitive Advantages!

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

Please read the full article about GMT’s newest services in Africa Outlook nr. 86.

https://www.africaoutlookmag.com/company-profiles/1301-gmt-nigeria/reader

 

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Public Notice on Product Authentication Mark – SON Jan 2018

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

SON issues a Product Authentication Mark on all locally manufactured and imported products into Nigeria from beginning of the second quarter of 2018

 

Dear Client,

Last week SON has sent out a reminder that as of the beginning of the second quarter of 2018 they will enforce a Product Authentication Mark on all locally manufactured and imported products into Nigeria.

What changes for you as a manufacturer?

Nothing as such. The Marks are effectively stickers that act as a proof of payment. There will be 2 stickers:

  1. The Blue Mark is only for locally produced goods for export;
  2. The Red Mark is for import.

The stickers are to be attached to any import or export applicable to SON certificate. Please note that every sticker will have a code number to check if they are authentic.

How does this apply to goods already in Nigeria?

  • Imported products already in the market can be sold without the new PAM stickers up to March 31, 2018. No imported product subject to this regulation will be allowed for sale in Nigerian markets without the PAM sticker one month after the formal launch of the Stickers;
  • Importers and Local Manufacturers with huge old stock likely to be in the market after the above deadline are advised to apply and acquire the new PAM stickers from SON.

 

What is the procedure for applying for the new PAM-stickers?

  • Manufacturers of MANCAP Certified Products and Importers of SONCAP Certified products shall apply for issuance of PAM Stickers by completing an application form online, on SON website www.son.gov.ng;
  • For Importers, application for PAM Stickers MUST be submitted before SON final clearance of the goods from the Ports of Entry;
  • For MANCAP certified products, application for PAM Stickers shall be submitted prior to the production of every batch of product with details of certification information. The Manufacturer shall provide half year estimated quantities of certified products retail/sales unit expected to be produced and pay for same.

 

How can GMT assist?

  • GMT has a longstanding and excellent relationship with SON. Especially for our clients with a lot of different materials/goods and with substantial stocks, getting the right stickers in order to be compliant can be a challenge. GMT can assist you in addressing SON in order to make sure you comply with these new regulations after March 31, 2018.

For more information, please click here.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your dedicated GMT contact person.

Sincerely,

Operations GMT

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Mandatory Palletization of Cargo

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

The Federal Government also has directed all containerized cargoes coming into Nigeria to be on a pallet. The new guideline is applicable for all Nigerian-bound cargo departing from various origin ports as from the 1st of January, 2018.

However, goods already loaded for shipment to Nigeria prior to this date will NOT be affected by the palletization policy.

The list of cargoes of goods that may be exempted from palletization, where it is absolutely necessary is expected to be placed on the website of the Federal Ministry of Finance and Nigeria Customs Service in the coming days.

However, it is necessary to point out that there will likely be a penalty for non-compliance.
GMT suggests that all local Clients consider the option of processing an Annual Nigerian Plant Quarantine Services (NPQS) permit for pallets to accommodate their shipments or to pay the charges per container as they arrive Nigeria.

Simultaneously, the supplier is required to ensure that the wooden pallets are treated with the provision of either of the following:

  1. Fumigation Certificate for Pallets carrying IPPC Logo OR
  2. Original Phytosanitary Certificate plus the fumigation certificate for Pallets without IPPC Logo

Note: The Phytosanitary certificate must be from an authorized body from the country of origin. Please ensure that all shippers/suppliers are fully aware of this new ruling because no leniency will be granted.

 

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New regulations and directives Nigerian Customs 2018

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

The Federal Government of Nigeria has reviewed the guidelines procedures and documentation requirements in respect of Import transaction. The review is directed at reducing time taken to clear goods, so as to further enhance the ease of doing business in Nigeria by the importers.

GMT has assessed all the new guidelines and has concluded that nothing major has changed. There will be a simplification in how documents are to be presented to customs. That is always a good development, however we do not expect this to have a huge effect.

For more information, please visit the website of the Federal Ministry of Finance.

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GMT introduces Export Service

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

GMT is by far the largest inbound logistics service provider of Nigeria. Our clients expect us to come up with innovative solutions that can be used in the challenging environment of Nigeria. That also means trying to work within the current restraints of the infrastructure as efficiently as possible.

Therefore, we have revised our supply chain and logistics structure in order to utilize our transport even more efficiently. GMT is now the only service provider who can link it’s import to your export. Export is still quite complicated due to the Nigerian regulations and the contracts that clients have with shipping lines. GMT can facilitate this whole process for our clients, based on our volumes, having our own fleet of trucks and our extensive experience in the Nigerian market.

The objective is that GMT will be able to marry our import containers with your export volumes; ensuring reduction in shipping line demurrage on import containers and creating more resources for your export without overpaying for transport.

Interested?? Please reach out to our export expert.

Aamer Hussain

aamer.hussain@gmt-limited.com

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GMT starts with Train Service out of APMT

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

As an extra solution to avoid the current gridlock in Apapa, GMT is proud to present your fully operational Train Service. Starting today, GMT has the opportunity to deliver your containers out of APMT to your sites using a train. This means that GMT can offer a sustainable and steady way to get containers out of APMT to avoid the huge gridlock and avoid demurrage and terminal rent. The containers will be loaded from APMT and offloaded by GMT at our offloading bay at Ebute Metta.

We have dedicated trucks that do only deliveries out of the offloading bay and return the empties there as well. This will ensure deliveries!!! The availability is scares because there is only one track that we can currently use. If you have challenges getting your containers out of APMT and are interested in this service; please reach out to your normal contact person. Together we can make it happen, also in challenging circumstances.

 

Sincerely, Team GMT www.gmt-limited.com

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Maersk suffers from global IT breakdown caused by cyber attack

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Unfortunately Maersk and APMT have been affected by a global cyberattack, called Petya. This attack is related to the infamous WannaCry Virus. For more information, please read the full article in The Guardian.

A.P. Møller-Maersk group, confirms that some of their IT and communications infrastructure have been impacted by this attack and that they have proactively shut down some as a security measure, as of yesterday afternoon.

For now this means the following:

At the present time Maersk is unable to serve new quotes or accept future bookings. It also means that due to the attack on their IT and communications systems, they’re limited in their ability to communicate with clients and partners such as GMT.

As a result, Maersk and APMT have resorted to manual receipt of empties and export containers while they are working to ensure import containers can also be delivered. Therefore GMT expects delays out of Apapa on top of the situation that we’ve been updating you on.

We would like to ensue you that Maersk, APMT and GMT are trying really hard to minimize any discomfort that might happen with your consignments.

If you have any more questions, please reach out to your GMT contact person.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cyber-attack-maersk-idUSKBN19I1NO

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Wharf road to close down for 1 year

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

FG shuts Wharf road, Apapa for one year

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4 Days in Queue to enter Apapa Port

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

We spend 4 days on queue to enter Apapa port, truck drivers lament 

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