Customs agents commend Shippers’ Council over downward review of storage tariffs

Some Licensed Customs Agents on Friday in Lagos commended the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) downward review of the Progressive Storage Charges by terminal operators in Nigerian seaports.
In separate interviews, they said that the tariffs review was a proactive measure that would enhance sustainable maritime business.

Mr Lucky Amiwero, the President of the National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents, said the decision would make positive impact on the entire maritime chain trade system.  
He said that while NSC actions were commendable, maritime stakeholders expected more from the ports economic regulator’s on the cost of doing business in Nigerian ports.
“The Shippers’ Council has taken a right step to address some of the issues challenging trade in Nigeria, but they should not rest on this alone,” Amiwero said.
He also said NSC current approach were part of the earlier Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between licensed customs agents signed a with port stakeholders on charges, for trade facilitation.
“The Memorandum of Understanding was based on improving the local shipping charges in order to improve trade, and it is good that true action is taken in that regard now,” he said.
He urged the NSC to re-examine other issues particularly the current cumbersome processes and procedures at the nation’s ports.
Also speaking, Mr Uchu Block, Deputy President of the council said that the NSC has proactively implemented policies that would leverage maritime business.
He said that the terminal operators must be compelled to adhere to government directives aimed at advancing international trade.
He warned that the agents would picket terminal operators if they fail to carry out the government directive.
“We are happy with this development and hope that the terminal operators will comply as directed, because if they do not, we will picket them.
“The Council also did very well to tackle the issue of refunding container deposit within 10 days after the return of such containers.
“This used to be a problem, but we hope that all that have been taken care of with this new directive,” Block said.