Uber to in­tro­duce truck­ing sys­tem at sea­ports

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UBER Tech­nol­ogy In­cor­po­ra­tions maybe launch­ing Ubertruck in la­gos to ease the chal­lenges as­so­ci­ated with truck busi­ness at Nige­rian ports, as well as pos­si­bly re­duce the high cost of cargo haulage at the port.

This is com­ing few months af­ter the com­pany delved into wa­ter trans­porta­tion busi­ness in la­gos.

Chair­man of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­rian li­censed Cus­toms Agents, Se­gun Odun­tan, in a re­cent me­dia brief­ing, re­vealed that the as­so­ci­a­tion was al­ready in con­sul­ta­tion with Uber and that the project was 80 per cent com­pleted and would be start­ing soon.

In Oc­to­ber, the Coun­cil for Reg­u­la­tion of Freight For­ward­ing in Nige­ria said that it would de­ploy Uber trans­port sys­tem to aid the traf­fic sit­u­a­tion at the port.

Also, the ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary of the Nige­rian Ship­pers Coun­cil, Has­san Bello, had stressed the need for in­te­gra­tion of all haulage op­er­a­tors at the port, lament­ing that most of the trucks op­er­at­ing at the port were rick­ety.

with the in­tro­duc­tion of Ubertruck, Odun­tan who is the Chair­man of Set­tle Sys­tems Nige­ria lim­ited, said the com­pany would be in­ject­ing new trucks into the sys­tem in or­der to as­sist the ex­ist­ing trans­porters.

He said the sys­tem would also guar­an­tee cargo se­cu­rity and elim­i­nate di­ver­sion or theft. Ac­cord­ing to him, own­ers of car­goes will be able to mon­i­tor and trace the cur­rent lo­ca­tion of their cargo through Uber ap­pli­ca­tion.

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