multinational shipping agencies over their plans to introduce ports congestion
surcharge on every container coming into the Lagos ports.
importers and freight forwarders informing them of their decision to introduce
$400 and $425 US Dollars ports congestion surcharge per container with effect
from October 15 and 18 respectively.
illegal in a statement signed by the Director, Special Duties, Mr Ignatius
Nweke, said the shipping companies were to meet with the Council on the issue
Monday, October 15, the same date the surcharge is expected to take effect
according to the notice by CMA CGM.
function of regulating tariffs, rates, charges and other related economic
services at the Nigerian Ports.
to examine the contentious issue which according the ports economic regulator
would add to the costs of doing business at the ports.
granted one of the national dailies described the container surcharge as
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.”
Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Wednesday 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 said members have 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 said.
The reason given by the shipping companies was to cover for the 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.
shipping companies have been taking Nigeria for granted by acting with
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.
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.