As activities at Apapa Port in Lagos gradually returns to normal after the ease of the curfew by the Lagos State government for residents to move freely between the hours of 6am and 8pm, Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) has made request of waivers of demurrage to cushion the impact on shippers during the ENDSARS protest.
Based on the obvious disruptions to shippers as a result of the activities of the past week just as it did during the COVID-19
lockdown, NSC said it was working with shipping companies to find ways to ease the hardship occasioned by the disruptions.
“Several discussions are taking place between the leaderships of the Council and shipping companies in Nigeria to find ways to accelerate clearing of cargoes from the terminals and collection of same by shippers who were unable to access the ports.
“Both sides are mulling the removal of demurrage charges on cargoes as one of the ways the hardship of shippers can be alleviated. The Executive Secretary/CEO of NSC, Hassan Bello, will also visit some terminals to progress discussions on the waiver and other issues,” a statement from the Council read.