Shippers protest Maersk’s $300 surcharge on Nigerian-bound cargo

LAGOS- Shippers under the umbrella of Shippers Association Lagos State have protested the imposition of a $300 Peak Season Surcharge (PSS) on Nigerian-bound cargo from Asian routes by Maersk Line. According to a letter signed by Leo Ezeani Ogamba, president of Shippers Association Lagos State, and addressed to the executive secretary of Nigerian Shippers Council, shippers described the surcharge as arbitrary. Ogamba said the surcharge is a deliberate disregard for Nigerian laws and a breach of due process. While pointing out that Nigerian shippers will not accept such, Ogamba said the members of the association cannot be coerced to pay for Maersk Line’s ‘choke points’ in ocean routes which triggers disruptions coming from its reduced number of transits and its rerouting of vessels around South Africa, which is also putting stress on the network. Ogamba blamed Maersk Line for the practice of imposing charges with the intent to negotiate after shippers had started paying. “We know of the fact that peak season is a period of increase in sales or demand, but the last we checked with the National Bureau …

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History Made As Lekki Deep Seaport Berths Largest Container Vessel On Nigerian Waters

By Chris Udochukwu History was made on Sunday Sunday 21st January, 2024 as the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) took trade facilitation a notch higher with the berthing at the Lekki Deep Seaport of the largest container carrier to sail on Nigerian territorial waters. This development validates the assurances given by the Managing Director / CEO Nigerian Ports Authority, Mr. Mohammed Bello Koko during the signing of the Presidential / Ministerial Performance Bond in December 2023, that “the Authority under my watch is poised to provide the leadership and technical guidance required to maximize the potentials inherent in our marine and blue economy”. The vessel measuring 367M in length over all christened “Maersk Edirne” has a Breadth of 48.2 and carried a Gross Registered Tonnage (GRT) of 142,131metric tonnes and a Dead weight Tonnage (DWT) of 147,340 metric tonnes, constituting 3,376 total cargo onboard was navigated to safety by the highly experienced and thoroughly equipped Pilots of the NPA. Responding to the milestone achievement on Sunday, Bello Koko commended the Honourable Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, His Excellency Adegboyega Oyetola …

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