April 16, 2024

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Shippers’ Council approves new haulage rates for eastern ports

The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) has announced the approval of revised haulage rates for cargo transported from Eastern ports to various destinations within the country.

These new rates were established through negotiations aimed at balancing cost concerns with efficient cargo movement.

The negotiations between stakeholders, including freight forwarders and truck owners, were harmonious, resulting in mutually agreeable rates.

Speaking at a meeting in Lagos, Executive Secretary and CEO of the NSC, Barr. Pius Akutah, commended the stakeholders for their collaborative efforts towards negotiating an haulage rates for Eastern ports.

Akutah also praised the stakeholders for their dedication to advancing the country’s interests despite the challenges encountered in the haulage business.

He assured them of the Federal Government’s commitment to supporting and enhancing the haulage industry in Nigeria.

The NSC boss used the occasion to emphasize the maritime sector’s importance to the Nigerian economy and called upon stakeholders to support the government’s initiatives aimed at its development.

Representatives from various industry associations attended the meeting, including the Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders( NAGAFF), Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agent ( ANLCA), National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents, Association of Registered Freight Forwarders of Nigeria, Truck Owners Association of Nigeria, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria ( MWUN), General Goods Transporters Association of Nigeria.

The review of haulage rates was prompted by a significant increase in the price of diesel fuel (AGO) since the last revision in 2022.

At the time of the 2022 review, the cost of diesel was N300 per liter, and the exchange rate for USD $1 was N400. Currently, diesel prices range between N1,500 and N1,700 per liter.

The rising fuel costs led to calls from truck owners for a revision of haulage rates.

The NSC facilitated a series of meetings between stakeholders, ultimately resolving the issue through negotiation.

The President of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, commended Barr. Akutah for his contributions to the maritime sector’s development since assuming the role of Executive Secretary of the’ Council.

He pledged his continued support for Akutah’s efforts to advance the aspirations of the maritime sector.

 

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