|Executive Secretary NSC, Hassan Bello|
Shippers’ Council (NSC) on Monday won the second round of the case
on shipping charges as the Federal High Court in Lagos struck out
the case brought against it by the Seaports Terminal Operators
Association of Nigeria (STOAN).
operators had last week Monday gone to court to stop the Council
from reversing the Progressive Storage Charge they had introduced
unilaterally some years ago to the pre-May 2009 rates which were approved
by the Transport Ministry.
up Monday was struck out against the terminal operators
for non-compliance with the rules of the court.
Judge, Ibrahim Buba, said that the parties which came by way of
originating summons did not tell the court the issues for
cannot proceed without knowing the right and interest of the parties which are
inextricably tied to the question of determination, the court cannot proceed on
that,” Buba said.
Mrs Funke Agbor, had argued that the court could not
proceed with the case since the issues for determination had not been
recalled that the Council had last week reversed
the storage charge. It also introduced other
measures that will reduce cost of doing business in
had also increased the Container Free Storage Period to seven
days instead of three days.
increased Container Demurrage-free days to 10 days.
directed that henceforth, container deposits must be refunded
within 10 days after the empties had been returned to the shipping
affected terminal operators and shipping companies had
gone to Court to restrain the Council from implementing
the order which was expected to take effect last week Monday.
brought by the Association of Shipping Line Agencies (ASLA) against the Ports
Regulator adjourned to Nov. 17 for further hearing.