NPA frowns at proposed $400 congestion surcharge by CMA CGM


...threatens to sanction shipping lines over any congestion surcharge


The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has condemned a multinational shipping agency, CMA CGM, over the ports congestion surcharge of $400 per container announced at the weekend.

The authority vowed to sanction CMA CGM as well as any other shipping line that would be collecting such surcharge from shippers.
The shipping line had announced a few days ago that it  would from October 15 begin to collect a $400 congestion surcharge for containers coming to Tin Can Island and Apapa from any part of the world.
The shipping line explained that it was as a result of increased congestion in Lagos ports which had in turn raised its operating costs as well as causing severe service disruption for several weeks.
The statement reads, “CMA CGM will therefore implement the following Emergency Congestion Surcharge on Lagos import cargo, effective October 15th, 2018 (B/ L date) for FMC trades.”
How, reacting to the statement from the shipping line, the Acting General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Mr. Isa Suwaid said the NPA will not accept such surcharges.
Suwaid explained that it was because the shipping line and some others had not complied with the directive from the NPA to provide holding bays to be able to handle any volume of containers.
Suwaid argued  that the failure to provide holding bays by some shipping lines was responsible for the increased congestion in the Lagos ports.
He said that the NPA would review the level of compliance by the shipping companies in the area of provision of holding bays by sending its officials for regular checks on the shipping companies.
Suwaid added that any shipping company or terminal operators that failed to comply would be sanctioned.