Shippers’ Council Slashes Proposed Increase in Port Charges to 400%

October 25, 2023
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By Adedapo Adesanya

The Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) has reduced the planned increase in port terminal charges from 600 per cent to 400 per cent and increased bulk cargo charges from 125 per cent to 250 per cent.

This development followed a meeting of stakeholders, including the NSC, seaport terminal operators, shipping companies, freight forwarders, and other stakeholders.

It was agreed that the number of free days for cargo storage at the terminals has been increased from 3 days to 5 days to provide more flexibility for shippers and to reduce costs.

According to the Director of the Public Relations Unit of the council, Mrs Rekiya Dhikru-Yagboyaju, the adjustment aims to strike a balance between the needs of the terminal operators and the shippers.

Mrs Dhikru-Yagboyaju said besides the reduction in terminal charges, an increase of 100 per cent on bulk cargoes was agreed upon by stakeholders that attended the meeting.

Part of the resolution reached at the meeting includes, “Break bulk cargo charges have been increased from 125 per cent to 250 per cent. This adjustment reflects the changing dynamics of the industry and ensures fair compensation for services provided.

“All complaints regarding inefficiencies by the terminal operators will be addressed immediately. This commitment aims to improve overall operations and enhance customer satisfaction.

“The Shippers Council has established a complaints desk at all ports. This dedicated desk will ensure that issues raised by stakeholders are resolved promptly and efficiently.

“Boxes that arrived prior to October 16th will be rated with the old rates. This provision aims to avoid any confusion or discrepancies in billing.

“Further discussions between the terminal operators and the Shippers Council will continue to refine and improve the processes. This ongoing dialogue will ensure that the interests of all parties are considered and addressed.

“By reaching these resolutions, the Nigerian Slippers Council, shipping companies, terminal operators, and relevant associations/stakeholders have demonstrated their commitment to fostering a harmonious working environment and addressing the concerns of the industry.”

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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