Exorbitant cargo charges behind delay at ports — Shippers council scribe

Long delays in getting imported goods cleared at the country’s ports have been traced to the high fees charged by the cargo handling agencies at the country’s ports.

To facilitate the realisation of the Federal Government’s target of a 48-hour clearance of imports, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers Council, NSC, Hassan Bello, on Monday appealed to terminal operators to review their charges to hasten the process of cargo clearance.

Mr. Bello made the appeal during a familiarisation visit to ENL Consortium and Ports and Cargo Handling Services, PCHS, in Apapa, Lagos.

According to the NSC scribe, as an economic regulator, the Council was determined to ensure the concession of the terminals increased productivity to the benefit of all port users.

He said that it was important to eliminate unnecessary charges, rent seeking, delays in delivery of cargoes and under-the-counter dealing that hindered efficient transactions at the ports.

The NSC chief said that activities of terminal operators should be coordinated and streamlined to ensure efficiency and transparency.

Besides, he said the aim of the visit was to give NSC free access to the terminals and provide information that would enable the Council to carry out its duties effectively.

“This will give us the opportunity to monitor and coordinate activities in the terminals within the terms of the government. We (NSC) also need the operators to give us information that will help us to measure the level of terminal efficiency. We want operators to handle more cargoes and generate more revenue to the benefit of all,” Mr. Bello said.
He urged the operators to inform the Council of their challenges to enable it work out ways to assist them.

The General Manager, ENL Consortium, Mark Walsh, expressed happiness with the Council’s visit, adding that without the Council’s assistance, transactions at the port would have been very challenging.

The General Manager said that the NSC should issue directives to the operators to fast-track transactions at the ports, adding that ENL Consortium would do all within its capacity help the NSC achieve its objectives.



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  • amazing2012

    I don know why truth has almost finish in Nigeria. You will se and hear open lies from people that are entrusted with truth. Only in Nigeria we never go deep to find he genesis of our problems as such we never have a solution to it.
    For clarity and CAC the basic problem that both delay clearance of goods and even less importation in Nigeria is corruption, especially by customs officials. Customs negotiates and charges personal fees openly as if it is legitimate. For instance, I was at port to clear my goods with the agent together a custom lady was saying “do you how much I paid to be posted here?” . To my amusement when we open the container for inspection, they took some of those items imported in my presence. When I protested, one of them become angry. That same person refused to process my documents to 7 days to punish me. Check it, agents collect huge amount of money simply because of the corrupt customs practices before they clear people properties. This attitude by corrupt government officials has made people to divert their cargoes to neighboring countries and smuggle them into Nigeria. They perpetrate open official robbery on people sweat. At airport is the same, they waited for flights with knives to cut people bags to terrorize people, on goods imported which clearly the quantity is not much to stop its importation and most of the goods are not contraband. Because when they seize people goods, next you will see them using them or went Island to sell them.
    Customs, customs, customs it will never be well with bad ones among you. Because you are the problem of import/ export in Nigeria.