The Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), has secured complete victory in the battle to get international shipping firms to back-down on their plans to increase Peak Season Charges by 400 percent. Consequently, more of the multinationals have started announcing reversal of the plans.
The French Container Transportation and Shipping Company, CMA CGM, has followed in the footsteps of the Maersk Line and the Mediterranean Shipping Company in announcing the suspension of the application of the peak season surcharge on ships calling in Nigeria from 1st October, 2020.
It will be recalled that Mediterranean Shipping Company had earlier suspended application of the surcharge from 1st September 2020, as a result of protests by the Shippers’ Council and Maritime Stakeholders.
The NSC Head of Public Affairs, Rakiya Zubairu, in a statement, noted that the suspension of the Peak Season surcharge was contained in a letter sent to the Executive Secretary/CEO of the Shippers’ Council, Hassan Bello, from the Head Office of CMA CGM in Marseilles France.