The operator of the port terminal, APM Terminals Nigeria Restricted, dangers a sanction from the Federal Authorities for demanding what was referred to as “unlawful” demographic costs by clearing brokers and different teams of freight forwarders within the port.
Accusations of demurrage have been suspended by FG as a result of affect of the blockade on port actions. The federal government has assured the terminal operators that it’s going to reimburse it at some stage in the interval and no costs have been incurred on the cargo.
However terminal operators have continued to demand the demurrage cost which is a conservation charge for delivery. This has led to compensation brokers declaring strikes to protest the costs, since they’ve stopped taking cost of costs since Friday.
Allnews had stated that: clearing brokers held a gathering with Apapa Port Supervisor:, Funmilayo Olotu earlier than launching the strike. The NPA has issued a warning to APM Terminals Nigeria Restricted, stating that it’s going to sanction the corporate if discovered responsible of exploiting the thought-about directive to cease amassing warehousing rights.
In line with a report by The Cable, the Director Normal, surveillance and regulatory companies of the NPA, Ugo Madubuike, stated in a letter to APM Terminals;
“You’ll recall that following the outbreak of COVID – 19 pandemic, the Nigerian Port Authority issued directives see letters HQ / GUI / MRS / OP / L.1 / vol.11 / 339, HQ / GM / IRS / OP / L .1 / vol.11 / 372 and HQ / GM / MRS / OP / L.1 / vol.11 / 379 dated 2, 8 and 15 April, 2020 respectively for the suspension of rental prices on shipments from March 23, 2020 for an preliminary 21days and from April 13, 2020 for an extra 14 days.
“This has been performed in recognition of the challenges that customers are dealing with within the liquidation of their property as a result of varied ranges of motion restrictions imposed by the federal and state governments.
“Additionally, you will be reminded that so as to be free from the related lack of income from the implementation of those directives, the Authority has undertaken to reimburse waivers granted to recipients throughout this era, by issuing credit score notes. for the quantity waived, according to the accepted and revealed charges.
“We have now nevertheless acquired a number of complaints from delivery teams attacking documentation alleging failure of those directives out of your terminal.”
The port authority has given APM Terminals till Could 5, 2020 to reply to the claims reported by the clearing brokers. Saying he “is not going to hesitate to use applicable sanctions” if the accusation is true.