NSC seeks demurrage waivers for shippers

In a statement on Monday, the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) said it is working very hard to ensure that activities at the ports in Lagos gradually return to normal. Following the easing of the curfew imposed by the Lagos State Government, the activities of the past week caused a lot of disruptions for shippers just as it did during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The NSC said it is working with shipping companies to find ways to accelerate clearing and evacuation of cargoes from the ports by shippers, who were unable to access the ports during the 72- hour curfew and to ease the hardship occasioned by the disruptions.

In a statement signed by NSC spokesperson, Rakiya Zubairu, “several discussions are taking place between the leaderships 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 Executive Secretary of NSC will also visit some terminals to progress discussions on the waiver and other issues.”

Source: Ship and ports

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