February 28, 2024
Shippers kick Against $300 Season Surcharge Imposed By Maersk On Nigeria-Bound Cargo
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Shippers kick Against $300 Season Surcharge Imposed By Maersk On Nigeria-Bound Cargo

Nigerian shippers have kicked against the imposition of a $300 peak season surcharge (PSS) on Nigeria-bound containers from Asian countries by Maersk.

According to the shippers, there is a subsisting court injection preventing the shipping lines from increasing charges without due process.

The shippers say that the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), which is the regulatory agency, is not aware of the action and has not advised on such an increase, and as such, they would not pay the surcharge as no due process was followed before the increase.

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In a statement yesterday, Maersk had announced the imposition of $300 PSS on 40ft container units, and $150 on 20ft container units heading to Nigeria from China, Japan, Taiwan and other Asian countries.

The increase suggests the additional cost of importation. Over 20 percent of Nigeria’s total importation comes from China alone. 

The Nigeria PSS, which became effective on January 8, 2024, also applies to containers originating from Brunei, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, South Korea, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and East Timor.

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