The Nigeria Shippers Council and the Shipping Companies have started deliberation on ways to accelerate clearing of cargoes from the terminals and collection of same by shippers who were unable to access the ports in the past weeks of unrest experienced in the country.
As contained in a press statement issued by Head of Public Relations of the Nigeria Shippers’ Council, Rakiya Zubairu disclosed that the activities of the past week caused a lot of disruptions for shippers just as it did during the COVID-19 lockdown.
She hinted that the Shippers Council is working with shipping companies to find ways to ease the hardship occasioned by the disruptions.
The statement reads,”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”
She however disclosed that the Execuive Secretary /CEO of the Council, Barr Hasdsn Bello will also visit some terminals to progress discussions on the waiver and other issues.