Nigerian law makers want ocean liners to explain 'illegal' charge
THE Nigerian House of Representatives Committee on Ports and Harbours is seeking European shipping lines to clarify a 400 per cent illicit peak season surcharge (PSS), reports the Lagos New Telegraph
THE Nigerian House of Representatives Committee on Ports and Harbours is seeking European shipping lines to clarify a 400 per cent illicit peak season surcharge (PSS), reports the Lagos New Telegraph.
The surcharge was imposed by the European Community Shipowners Association (ECSA) without notifying the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC).
The House of Representatives said Nigeria's economy would be 'subverted with the illicit climb', noticing that there would be loss of income and expansion because of the significant expense of the products that would be brought into the nation.
'The increment has made it difficult for importers to clear imported goods. This has exacerbated the problem of Apapa port congestion and gridlock we are already battling with. So, it will affect the maritime sector and the Nigerian economy and life,' said house committee chairman Datti Garba Mohammed.
'We are in the midst of Covid-19 pans, which has impacted the economy of the whole world. It has affected almost all countries in the world. We are struggling to come out of it. Suddenly, the European Community Ship Owners Association just imposed unilaterally, increase in surcharges which they called peak season surcharge,' said Mr Mohammed.