Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) has concluded plans to introduce new guidelines
for all haulage operators in the nation’s seaports.
The guidelines will be according to global standard practices for companies
into haulage business.
executive members of the League of Maritime Publishers and Editors during a visit
to his office, explained that the new measure was to ensure efficiency in the
ports system as far as haulage is concerned.
registered company with at least a minimum of six trucks, insurance cover for
goods on transit, tracking devices for the trucks.
would not be allowed to operate.
the need for more that will be able to handle project cargo.
We are going to have a minimum of six trucks for a company. A company will have
a registered office, an insurance cover for goods on transit and a tracking
device for the trucks…. Any company that does not have the capacity to own six
trucks will not be allowed to operate. Its implementation will be gradually
them. Nigeria is going to have a lot of project cargo in import and export but
we need the trucking system to be organized. We are expecting that in three
years time everything would have taken shape.”
adding that the current cost of haulage services was alarming.
But he added that this would go down with the planned rail system, stating that
with rail services, the cost could be N300,000.00.
ports will soon be over by the end of this year.
“The roads would have been fixed to a reasonable extent and the congestion
would have stopped,” he said.
the road rehabilitation work in Apapa.
going to have conditions for operating a haulage company”, he said.
their case against the Council on the issue of shipping line charges before the
companies as being negotiated by the ports economic regulator.
shipping companies on the need to reduce the terminal and shipping line
charges, and now the shipping companies have agreed to reduce their charges in
line with the notice.
Supreme Court. So it is the penalty for the charges that we are talking about
that is the 25 percent of the total monetary worth. So with this we talking
about 25 per cent decrease in port charges. It is remaining the terminals.
need to get the terminals to comply with this. Because if we go to the Supreme
Court and win there will be trouble. The terminals will be shut down because
they can’t pay over a trillion naira and remain in business or not suffer.”
port review exercise being carried out by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA),
saying that this was because what happens at the ports affects every sector of
the economy and Nigerians.
forwarders, Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA), which is also a party, so you cannot
run an agreement when you also have obligations.
you cannot manipulate things, whatever you do will affect the larger society.
That is why we are suffering now. That agreement was hidden from Shippers
council for than one year after it was signed.
like the charter party agreement of the Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation(NNPC). They hide it and say it belongs to them. No. It belongs to
Nigerians! It is meant for the people to see and comment on areas for
improvement,” he said.