commitment toward reducing cost of shipping to boost trade in Africa.
Charges at the Ports of West and Central Africa in Abuja.
Rotimi Amaechi said Federal Government was aware of the disturbing cost of
transportation of goods through the ports in the sub-region due to freight
rates and arbitrary imposed surcharges.
member-states of the Union of African Shippers Council (UASC) were concerned of
the lack of consultation, timing and structure of these surcharges.
adopt a common position on how to reduce the incidences of unfair surcharges
and related issues.
Council (NSC) had put in place machinery to address some of these challenges
posed by high cost of doing business in the country.
to come together and adopt common political diplomatic and operational
strategies that will positively impact on economy of the sub-region.
standing group of experts to represent the sub-region and engage ship owners on
surcharges and related issues.
including legislation to check these unfair trade practices.
resolutions reached at this meeting and our determination to implement them to
reduce cost of doing business, boost trade and develop the sub-region,” he
need for the UASC member states to collaborate to check activities of shipping
lines servicing the ports in the sub-region.
consultation with the ship owners rather than use of third parties to reduce
Government through the NSC has been using its influence in the Global Shippers’
Forum (GSF) to resolve cases affecting Nigeria’s trading interest,” Amaechi
reiterating the importance of collaboration between UASC member states, said
NSC had been engaging Nigeria’s shipping lines on reduction of shipping
responsibility of all stakeholders including the government in ensuring the
provision of modern, efficient, integrated and connected transport
transparent processes and procedures and generally ensure that an efficient,
competitive and friendly environment is created.
to state that in the long run, arbitrary and unilateral increase in charges
will not benefit operations or general procedures in our countries.
should be appropriately priced with the aim of providing balance and
equilibrium,’’ Bello added. (NAN)