The Nigerian Shippers’ Council has called for the waiver of demurrage accrued on cargoes at the nation’s seaports during the period of the crises that followed the #EndSARS protest.
The Council in a statement made available to TNMN on Monday said it has initiated discussions with shipping companies to find “ways to ease the hardship occasioned by the disruptions.”
“Activities at Apapa, the port city of Lagos are gradually returning to normal as Lagos State government has eased the curfew by pronouncing that residents can move freely between the hours of 6am and 8pm. No doubt the activities of the past week caused a lot of disruptions for shippers.
“Just as we did during the COVID-19 lockdown, Nigerian Shippers Council is working with shipping companies to find ways to ease the hardship occasioned by the disruptions.
“Several discussions are taking place between the leadership of the Council and shipping companies in Nigeria to find ways to accelerate clearing of cargoes from the terminals and collection of same by shippers who were unable to access the ports.
“Both sides are mulling the removal of demurrage charges on cargoes as one of the ways the hardship of shippers can be alleviated”, the Council stated.
TNMN reports that in further pursuant of this cause, the Executive Secretary of the Council, Barr Hassan Bello would be visiting terminal operators.