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Shippers’ Council calls for suspension of demurrage over bad  port access roads



Segun Oladipupo    |

The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) has hinted that it would seek the suspension of demurrage on cargoes and other charges relating to delay in clearance of goods at the port.

Executive Secretary of the Council, Barr. Hassan Bello attributed the call to the terrible condition of the roads which has made it impossible for shippers to clear goods from terminals within the three days allowed as well as return empty containers within four days.

In a statement signed by Rekiya Zubair, Head Public Relations of NSC, the state of the roads informed the decision.

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.

Recall that the Executive Secretary of the Council had last week taken a tour of the Tincan Island Port Complex access roads to see the actual cause of the traffic

Earlier, the Council management team visited shipping companies and terminal operators in view of the congestion in the port and how to ensure speedy clearance of goods in the port

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