Shippers Council To Suspend Demurrage, Rent Payments At Nigerian Ports

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As a result of the gridlock that has enveloped Nigerian ports due to bad access roads and the ongoing reconstruction along Tin Can Island Port, the Nigerian Shippers’ Council has hinted that it would be seeking the suspension of demurrage and rent on behalf of Nigerian shippers.

The Executive Secretary of the Council, Barr Hassan Bello in a press statement signed by Head of Public Relations, Rakiya Zubairu, lamented that the terrible condition of the roads has made it impossible for shippers to clear goods from terminals within the three days.

He said sue to the bad condition of the roads, it is also difficult for shippers to return empty containers within 4 days.

“The condition of the roads has resulted in a standstill traffic around the ports thereby frustrating the ability of the shippers to perform their obligations” Bello stated

DAILY TREND NEWS gathered that the problem of Nigerian Shippers is worsened by the fact that ninety percent of shipping lines in Nigeria do not have container holding bays. The shippers is expected to return the empty containers to the port amidst the gridlock.

The shipping lines also collect Container Detention Charges on failure of the clearing agent to return their empty containers within a given period of time.

Ordinarily, container deposit is constant across board, for a 20-footer container, the clearing agent pays N100,000 for a container going within Lagos and N200,000 for outside Lagos. While for 40-footer, the charge is N200,000 for container within Lagos and N400,000 outside Lagos.

However, failure of the clearing agents to return the container within seven days, the deposit is depleted, while the shipping companies continue to charge the clearing agent.

According to investigations by DAILY TREND NEWS, should the clearing agent fail to pay the money which runs into as much as N450,000, the shipping line flags the clearing agent’s license, as well as the importer. They ensure that the money is paid in full whenever the importer makes use of the shipping line next time.

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