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#ENDSARS: Shippers’ Council requests for demurrage waiver over business disruption at port

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The Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) says it is working with international shipping companies to find ways to ease the hardship occasioned by the disruption of business activities at the nation’s seaport during last week’s protest against police brutality by Nigerian youths.

Just as it was during the Covid-19 lockdown, the activities of the past week caused a lot of disruptions for shippers, according to a statement signed by Rakiya Zubairu, head of public relations of the Council.

Zubairu stated that several discussions are taking place between the leaderships of the Council and shipping companies in Nigeria to find ways to accelerate the clearing of backlog of cargoes from the terminals as well as collection of same by shippers who were unable to access the ports during the period of the unrest.

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“Both sides are mulling the removal of demurrage charges on cargoes as one of the ways the hardship on shippers can be alleviated. The executive secretary of the Council will also visit some terminals to progress discussions on the waiver and other issues,” she stated.

According to her, activities at Apapa, the port city of Lagos, are gradually returning to normal as Lagos State government has eased the curfew by pronouncing that residents can move freely between the hours of 6 am and 8 pm.

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