The Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) says is working with shipping companies to grant waivers on demurrage incurred by Nigerian shippers during the curfew imposed by Lagos State Government to ease the wanton disruption of lives and properties in the state which was occasioned by the #ENDSARS protest.
This development was contained in a press statement signed by Mrs. Rakiya Zubairu, Head of Public Relations, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, who said several discussions were taking place between the leaderships of the Council and shipping companies in Nigeria on the development.
According to Zubiaru, ‘’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 6 am and 8 pm. No doubt the activities of the past week caused a lot of disruptions for shippers. Just as it did during the COVID-19 lockdown, the 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 leaderships of the Council and shipping companies in Nigeria to find ways to accelerate the 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/CEO of NSC will also visit some terminals to progress discussions on the waiver and other issues.’’