By Innocent Orok
The French Container Shipping giant, CMA CGM has joined the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) in suspending its peak season surcharge earlier imposed on importers.
According to a Press release issued by Rakiya Zubairu, Head Public Relations of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, the suspension was contained in a letter sent to the Executive Secretary/ Chief Operating Officer of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Mr Hassan Bello, yesterday from the Head Office of CMA, CGM in Marseilles, France.
The statement said ” the French Container Transportation and Shipping Company, CMA CGM has followed the footsteps of the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) in announcing the suspension of the application of the Peak Season Surcharge on Ships calling in Nigeria from 1st October, 2020.
” Recalled that MSC had earlier suspended the application of the surcharge from 1st September, 2020 as a result of protest from Shippers’ Council and Stakeholders.
” The suspension of the peak season surcharge was contained in a letter sent to the Executive Secretary/CEO of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Mr Hassan Bello today from the Head Office of CMA CGM in Marseilles, France”, the statement concludes.
Meanwhile, the Acting Assistant Inspector General of Police, Marine Command, CP Anduson Bankole has visited the Executive Secretary/ CEO of the NSC, Mr Hassan Bello at shippers towers in Apapa, Lagos State.
CP Bankole has pledged to support the NSC in carrying out its duties as the Ports Economic regulator.