Maersk, COSCO, CMA CGM, MOL, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), Ocean Network Express (ONE), and Evergreen have notified Nigerian shippers that they would no longer accept export containers laden with wood or charcoal out of any Nigerian port.
According to findings, the suspension is consequent upon a recent circular by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), which placed an embargo on the export of the items. The ban was part of the Federal Government’s effort to arrest deforestation in the country.
CMA CGM Nigeria is reported to have issued a notice to its customers regards the ban. The notice titled ‘Suspension of wood and charcoal export’ reads thus: “Dear esteemed customer, following the recent circular in distribution by Nigeria Customs Service on the suspension of export of wood and allied products and as well as the ban on the export of charcoal, new booking requests with these commodities will not be accepted or confirmed till further notice. Thanking you for your cooperation and support.”