Headlines NSC meets Port Stakeholders, sets Terminal Charges Increment By maritimemag October 25, 2023 ShareTweet 0 By Bisi LAWAL The Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) has taken a bold step towards harmonious working environment and addressing the concerns of the maritime industry. NSC on Tuesday convened a resolution meeting between terminal operators, shipping companies, freight forwarders and other relevant stakeholders over the recent increment in terminal storage charges which the Council approved. The NSC, shipping companies, terminal operators, and relevant associations/stakeholders at the end of the meeting resolved as follows: The resolutions according to reliable sources includes: 1) The number of free days for cargo storage at the terminals has been increased from 3 days to 5 days to provide more flexibility for shippers and reduce costs. 2) The previously proposed 600% increase in terminal charges has been reduced to 400% to strike a balance between the needs of the terminal operators and the shippers. 3) Break bulk cargo charges have been increased from 125% to 250%. This adjustment reflects the changing dynamics of the industry and ensures fair compensation for services provided. 4) All complaints regarding inefficiencies by the terminal operators will be addressed immediately to improve overall operations and enhance customer satisfaction. 5) The Shippers Council has established a complaints desk at all ports. This dedicated desk will ensure that issues raised by stakeholders are resolved promptly and efficiently. 6) Boxes that arrived prior to October 16th will be rated with the old rates to avoid any confusion or discrepancies in billing. 7) Further discussions between the terminal operators and the Shippers Council will continue to refine and improve the processes. This ongoing dialogue will ensure that the interests of all parties are considered and addressed. 8) The above resolutions will take effect immediately. All parties involved have agreed to abide by these resolutions and work collaboratively until further notice. © 2023, maritimemag. All rights reserved.