Clearing agents threaten strike action over terminal operator’s charges

The Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) and the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has issued a joint press statement threatening a strike action should some port charges remain unchanged.

The state was signed by Prince Olaiyiwola Shittu, National President of ANLCA, and Dr Eugene Nweke, National President of NAGAFF, in Lagos.
They described as ‘illegal’ some charges by terminal operators, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria(SON) Nigerian Quarantine Services and the shipping companies.
“We shall not fold our arms as illegal charges are being constantly foisted on hapless Nigerians.
“ It is an affront and a denial of our livelihood as more cargoes are being diverted daily to neighbouring countries.
“We are convening a meeting by next week Wednesday to get the go-ahead to withdraw our services nationwide, in protest against these charges,” the statement read in part.
While they called on the government to intervene to avoid the action paralyzing the nation’s ports and consequently, the economy, they said the Nigeria Shippers’ Council was not allowed to do its duty.
“The action is capable of arm-twisting and rendering impotent, the Nigeria Shippers’ Council (NSC) as commercial regulator of the industry,” it said.

They added that such action against the NSC was bent on frustrating the efforts of the council at reducing the cost of doing business in Nigerian ports.