Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), have said they are battle-ready for all
multinational shipping lines who have issued notices to introduce congestion
surcharges of $400 and $425 per container at the nation’s ports.
action of the two shipping companies, CMA CGM and Mediterranean Shipping
Company said members had been put on alert to shun the Bill of Lading of the
multinational shipping companies involved should they insist on collecting
ports congestion surcharges.
company collecting congestion surcharge. We will ask our members not to accept
Bill of Lading in respect of the two shipping companies”, he told SHIPPING DAY.
Mediterranean Shipping Company which covers goods from Asia said it will be
collecting $425 per container as congestion surcharges with effect from October
15 and 18 respectively.
congestion and delay being suffered at the ports.
provoke the government and indeed the Nigerian shippers and see what they can
take up the issue and stop them from enforcing the planned surcharge.
Describing the congestion surcharge as laughable, Uche said the shipping
companies have been taking Nigeria for granted by acting with impunity.
line will just wake up and slam shippers with surcharge.
the reasons why freight forwarders have been in the forefront to call for
inclusion in the Committee that is reviewing the port congestion agreement.
agreement reached between ports service providers and the NPA to be able to
challenge anything that is illegal by any of the parties.
(NSC) for acting on time by describing the congestion surcharges as illegal.
all types of charges against shippers.
The Executive Secretary, NSC, Mr. Hassan Bello had in a chat granted one of the
national dailies described the container surcharge as illegal.
nothing like that and if there is an intention to do that, it is null and void.
Until they have negotiated with the Nigerian Shippers Council and until
Nigerian Shippers Council gives them the go ahead it will be illegal.”
over the ports congestion surcharge.
The authority said it will sanction, CMA CGM as well as any other shipping line
that will be collecting such surcharge from shippers.
collect a $400 congestion surcharge for containers coming to Tin Can Island and
Apapa from any part of the world.
in Lagos ports which has in turn raised its operating costs as well as causing
severe service disruption for several weeks.
following Emergency Congestion Surcharge on Lagos import cargo, effective
October 15th, 2018 (B/ L date) for FMC trades.”
Acting General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Mr Isa Suwaid
said the NPA will not accept such surcharges.
some others have not complied with the directive from the NPA to provide
holding bays to be able to handle any volume of containers.
shipping lines was responsible for the increased congestion in the Lagos ports.
shipping companies in the area of provision of holding bays by sending its
officials for regular checks on the shipping companies.
that failed to comply would be sanctioned.