The management of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), has vowed to sanction CMA CGM and any other international shipping line that may introduce arbitrary charges at ports.
Importers and officials of NPA who spoke with The Nation yesterday, condemned the $400 congestion surcharge the CMA CGM international shipping line slammed on every container coming to the two ports of Lagos.
In an email sent to importers and clearing agents at the weekend, the shipping company announced that effective October l5, 2OI8, cargoes from any part of the world on (EMA CGM ships will attract extra “USU 400 / EUR 850 per 20′ Dry and Reefer and USD 400 / EUR 350 per 40′ Dry and Reefer”.
The shipping line based its action on what it called disruption of its activities based on congestion in the two Lagos ports.
In the mail sighted by The Nation, the company explained that: “port congestion at Lagos ports, Nigeria, is currently increasing our operational costs and generating severe service disruption for several weeks.”
The mail added that: “CMA CGM will therefore implement the following Emergency Congestion Surcharge on Lagos import cargo, effective October 15th, 2018 (B/ L date) for FMC trades
The company also indicates that the surcharge is payable on categories of cargoes including dry and break bulk.
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