The management of Nigerian Shippers’ Council recently met with haulers to discuss adherence to health and safety guidelines during this period of COVID-19 pandemic, even as the Council used the occasion to negotiate down haulage charges by 30%.
The Council observed that truckers were not taking specified precautions as issued by health authorities. Hence the need remind them of their potential to spread the virus in the course of their travels across Nigeria.
Another important issue discussed with the haulers during the meeting was moderation/standardisation of haulage rates.
In the course of the one-hour meeting, the haulers brought to the attention of the Council the various problems confronting them. These problems ranged from extortion, laxity on the part of freight forwarders to the current all-present fear of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It was agreed at the meeting that truckers’ haulage rates be reviewed downwards by thirty percent during the lockdown period. The haulers agreed with the Council that the light road traffic makes their work easier.
The management of the Council assured them that it would look into all their concerns with a view to finding lasting solutions for the benefit of all stakeholders.