PIA’s ICD is equipped with 150,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) capacity that caters to landlocked countries like Burkina, Mali and Niger. ICD’s customer service offices, banks, and Customs are available Monday to Saturday till 20:00 hrs GMT to provide more time to customers for clearing the cargo and reduce demurrage & detention.

PIA’s ICD benefits include

  • Less yard congestion at PAL,
  • Increased quayside productivity / potential for more vessel calls,
  • Faster gate operations,
  • Additional revenue / additional charge in ICD per TEU,
  • More competitive marketplace / country attractiveness,
  • Less traffic accidents and injuries on highways,
  • Reduction of informal / illicit activities,
  • Increased visibility on trade statistics and transparency,
  • Reduction of congestion around the Port area,
  • More control on the weight of trucks for transit cargo,
  • Safe & secure locations with amenities to wait,
  • Immediate access to cargo to load for the trip back,
  • No traffic fines for parking on the roads / gas stations,
  • Increased clarity on the documentation & clearance,
  • Less truck detention fees,
  • Less container demurrage fees,
  • Increased visibility of cargo,
  • Removes of monopolistic environment from shipping lines.
  • Better working capital for exporters,
  • Efficient stuffing and destuffing operations by mechanical means,
  • Concrete platform to ensure complete safety and no damage to containers parked inside the container yard,
  • Easy access to the main highway N1 connecting to hinterland regions of Togo and landlocked countries of sub-Saharan Africa,
  • Quick and efficient operations to ensure savings on demurrage and delay costs,
  • Zone secured by security professionals round the clock,
  • Annual handling capacity to cater 550,000 TEUs (by 2030).

Key features:

  • A total capacity of 12,500 TEU containers,
  • A 1.75 hectare unloading and stuffing area,
  • 247 connection points for receiving reefer containers,
  • Latest generation handling equipment including four reach stackers, two ECH, 12 forklifts, etc.
  • Two weighbridges and an axle weigher in accordance with current regulations,
  • Single window (easy administrative formalities),
  • OCR system.

Key differentiating regulatory factors:

  • ISO 45001: 2018 standards been incorporated into ICD processes and SOPs.
  • Using engineering controls to protect workers & ensure equipment safety.
  • Hierarchical risk management systems in place to manage potential risk factors.
  • Completed ISO certification due diligence and preparing ICD for external audits in June 2022.
  • ISPS code security measures being implemented with developed action plans.
  • Completed ISPS Audit (PFSA) and ISPS Management Plan (PFSP).
  • Maritime Ministry / Port of Lomé Security officer inspections.

Following administrative offices and facilities are accommodated in single office:

  • PIA customer service
  • OTR (Customs)
  • Port Autonomous d’Lome (PAL)
  • SEGUCE
  • UMCC
  • Bureau freight
  • Phytosanitaire
  • CHA workstations
  • Four banks