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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