Shippers Council threatens action against groups, operators over arbitrary costs
Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) has threatened to take action in opposition to shipping agencies/businesses, seaport terminal operators and off-dock terminals over arbitrary charges.
Mrs Rakiya Zubairu, Head of Public relations, NSC, disclosed this in a declaration in Lagos on Tuesday.
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Consistent with her, the NSC has been inundated with lawsuits towards shipping companies/groups, seaport terminal operators and rancid-dock terminals on the arbitrary levy of container demurrage, garage and transfer prices on innocent consignees.
She noted that the charges had been for transportation of cargoes to off-dock terminals unilaterally initiated by way of terminals without the consignees’ consent.
“It should be noted that primarily based on international preferred and recognised exercise, freight paid at starting place covers the movement of shipment to final port of shipping at vacation spot.
“It follows therefore, that cargoes earmarked for transfer to off-dock terminals at the request of the shipping corporation, seaport terminal operator or off-dock terminal, without the consent of the consignees or their legal representatives, need to no longer entice fee(s) towards the consignees,” she said.
Zubairu said that for this reason, NSC had resolved that every one provider companies must be guided that import cargoes should be introduced to the nominated port of destination as stated in the invoice of Lading.
She stated where the operational convenience of the seaport terminals or a few other winning occasions necessitate the switch of cargoes from the seaport terminals to off-dock terminals, the concerned consignees or their legal marketers should be notified in desirable time.
Consistent with her, they need to now not be charged the price associated with such transfer, inclusive of barging price.
“garage and demurrage costs on cargoes earmarked for switch from seaport terminals to off-dock terminals, without the consent of the consignee, need to take impact handiest after arriving on the unique off-dock terminals.
“”NSC considers this act as unethical and unwholesome.
“therefore, all transfer charges accumulated from consignees of cargoes transferred from seaport terminals to off-dock terminals, from June 1 up to now, must be refunded to the consignees straight away.
“those modifications have been at the example of the transport corporations/businesses, seaport terminal operators or off-dock terminal operators, and with out the consignees asking for for such switch.
““Failure to refund such charges will result in the council invoking its regulatory powers to put into effect compliance,” she said