Nigerian Shippers’ Council hosts sub-regional summit on high shipping charges

Mr. Hassan Bello, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers Council

The issue of high shipping surcharges and charges on cargo destined for Nigerian ports and other ports in West Africa by shipping companies has been a source of concern for port stakeholders. This has hampered the growth of the sector.

To address the problem, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) under the auspices of the Union of African Shippers’ Council (UASC) will be hosting a sub-regional summit on ‘’High Shipping Surcharges and Charges’’ between Monday 26th and Wednesday 28th, August at Ladi Kwali Hall, Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria.

The event is a collaborative effort involving the Union of African Shippers’ Council (UASC), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF).

The forum is aimed at achieving the following objectives:

To provide an avenue for the UASC Member Countries to strategise and articulate common positions on how to checkmate the multinational shipping service providers/carriers with a view to adopting a collective position for presentation at the Annual General Meeting of the Global Shippers’ Forum scheduled for September in London.

To create more awareness and provide insights to the relevance of the FAL Convention to member Countries for domestication and effective implementation

According to the Nigerian Shippers Council, expected participants include UASC member states, relevant government agencies, ministries, multi-lateral and sub-regional organisations in the trade and transport sectors, public and private sector stakeholders in infrastructure development, ancillary services as well as donor agencies

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