It is another win for the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) as the Ports Economic Regulator and protector of shipper’s interests as MAERSK Line headquarters has backed down, thereby instructing its commercial department in Nigeria to stop applying the controversial peak season surcharge scheduled to commence from 1st September 2020.
This is in response to protests by the Nigerian Shippers’ Council which recently convened a meeting of the Organized Private Sector to deliberate on the astronomical peak season surcharge imposed by shipping lines calling in Nigeria.
The Union of African Shippers’ Council (UASC), subsequently backed Shippers’ Council calls for immediate suspension of the peak season surcharge calling it a violation of previous UASC/European Community Shipowners Association (ECSA) agreement requiring prior, mutual and reasonable notification of UASC and PMAWCA by individual shipping companies before any such imposition of new tariff, surcharges or increase in transport cost.
A letter signed by Lara Lana, MD of MAERSK Nigeria and addressed to the ES/CEO of Nigerian Shippers’ Council, stated that “our principals in our Head Office have informed us of your letter with subject reference increase in peak season surcharge”.
It further stated that “we would like to thank you for the supporting document you shared shedding light on the meeting between the ECSA and UASC”.