…As Nichols Jonathan describes it as ‘major threat to our corporate existence’***
The Shippers Association of Lagos State (SALS) has dispatched a message of appreciation to Nigerian stakeholders, particularly the Nigerian Shippers Council over the battle and the victory over the controversial Peak Season Surcharge, introduced by some foreign shipping companies, but now suspended by two key operators.
The SALS Chairman, Rev. Nichols Jonathan said the body saw the controversial surcharge which hiked normal charges from $200 to $1,000 and $1,500 as a “major threat to our corporate existence”, more so, coming with a 400% increase in Freight costs.
“We were not prepared for the sudden increase. As expected, all hands were on deck as the Group Managing Director of Dangote conglomerate alerted the Shipping Trade Community in Nigeria. This increase would have dealt a major impact on Industry and other commodities if allowed to remain”, Rev. Nichols Jonathan told the Maritime First.
“We write to express our deepest appreciation to you, especially – the Nigerian Shippers Council -The Nigerian Ports Authority and our trusted friends, Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry, NACCIMA, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), the Maritime Media Community, the Freight Forwarders Associations and The Shipping Lines in particular for their concerted efforts resulting in the withdrawal of the “Peak Period Surcharge” of 2020.
“This also extends to all our partners who were left with a sudden surcharge. Our collective efforts in tackling the problem succeeded. We salute the courage of Messrs Maersk Line who started the withdrawal followed with: MSC, CGM CMA
“The Shippers Association Lagos State thank you all for your support. By this action, we have shown that we can indeed collectively solve any problems, no matter how complicated, they maybe, if we come together as one.
“We are proud of the Nigerian Shippers Council and the Nigerian Ports Authority for the auspicious achievement in this respect.
“Our appreciation will be incomplete without a big thank you to the Shipping Lines who reversed the Peak Period Surcharge. As we await other Shipping Lines to follow suit”, the SALS Boss indicated further.
It would be recalled that though six foreign shipping companies initiated the controversial Peak Season Surcharge, two of them, the Maersk Line, the French Container Transportation and Shipping Company, CMA CGM and the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) have officially announced the suspension of the application of the peak season surcharge on ships calling in Nigeria from 1st October, 2020, even as the nation’s business class awaits others to do so too.