Fresh surcharge on cargoes from China
Few days after the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) cautioned shipping lines against exploitative tendencies, the French shipping company, CMA CGM has slammed an overweight surcharge (OWS) on cargo shipments from China to Nigeria.
The world’s third-largest carrier, in a notice obtained by The Guardian said it would revise its OWS for containers transferred from the ports of China to the port of Apapa.
A surcharge is applied for extra input or resources will be needed for oversize or overweight shipment.The updated price will be $1,000 and will be implemented to all 20′ dry cargoes with a gross weight equal or over 20 tons.
According to the shipping line, the new overweight surcharge would take effect on November 8th 2021. This is coming few days after the Executive Secretary, NSC, Emmanuel Jime, urged the shipping companies to ensure that charges or fees collected are tied to service rendered in order to stem exploitative tendencies and arbitrariness.
Jime, during a courtesy visit to Maersk Line and Meditaranean Shipping Company (MSC) in Lagos, sought cooperation and collaboration with shipping companies.
The NSC boss enjoined the shipping companies to operate and conduct their operations within the regulatory framework, adding that they are expected to give NSC team unfettered access to monitor their operations to ensure compliance to set standards.
He also asked the shipping companies to put in place a customer care desk to handle every issues and complaints on service delivery.
Jime also called for full digitization of operational processes for greater efficiency and effective management of return of empty container.
The Managing Director, Meditarranean Shipping Company, Andrew Lynch, said deplorable access to port was one of the challenges facing their operations. He affirmed their readiness to abide by NSC’s regulatory activities at the ports.