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Shippers group threatens court action over controversial cargo tracking note charges

The Shippers Association of Lagos State; including importers and exporters, have
kicked against the payment of charges on the controversial advanced cargo
tracking note recently introduced by the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC).

In a public notice it placed , the
shippers’ association expressed shock that the controversial cargo tracking
note scheme, which was sold by the Nigerian Shippers’ Council as being at no
cost to importers/exporters, would now attract charges to be borne by shippers.
“The Nigerian Shippers Council, time and
time and again stated in all meetings with shippers and in various media and
fora that cargo tracking note would be at no cost to the Nigerian shippers.
“We hold firmly to that public
declaration and on that declaration we stand.
“In a letter dated 02/11/20 15 addressed
to the Nigerian Shippers Council, we made it clear that “the proposed ACD/ICTN
must not attract any costs (direct or indirect) to the importer or exporter of
cargo in Nigeria including their agents and partners (local and abroad),” the
association said.
It said shippers in Nigeria have no
objection to the introduction of the cargo tracking note, “so long as it does
not entail any cost to the Nigerian shippers”.
“The Nigerian Shippers Council may do
well to clarify who bears the cost of Cargo Tracking Note administrative fees
on import into Nigeria within the next seven days as delay in doing this may
compel Shippers Association Lagos State to seek judicial protection in this
regard,” the association added.
Stakeholders including importers,
freight forwarding associations and the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria
(MAN) have  protested against the additional cost burden imposed by the
implementation of the cargo tracking note by the NSC. 
They have all variously
called on the Federal Government to suspend the scheme until the controversies
surrounding its implementation are resolved.

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