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NLC Strike: Terminal Operators, Clearing Agents At Loggerheads Over Demurrage

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Fresh face-off between terminal operators and clearing agents operating at the nation’s seaports looms over demand for four days waiver by the Association of Nigerian Licenced Customs Agents (ANCLA) as a result of recent nationwide warning strike embarked on by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC).

LEADERSHIP recalls that the nation’s seaports were shut down by the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) in compliance with the directive of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) over face off with the federal government on new minimum wage.

But, the clearing agents under the aegis of ANLCA in a statement yesterday demanded that shipping companies and terminal operators should waive all demurrage charges for the four days for which the strike action lasted.

The statement issued by the association and signed by its vice president, Kayode Farinto argued that his members were unable to carry out any operations for the two working days and weekend which the strike lasted. The association subsequently directed all its chairmen in the Eastern, Western and Northern Zones to ensure that its members are not slammed with demurrages or storage charges within the stipulated period.

Farinto also threatened that the association will not hesitate to issue a global trade alert on any shipping company or terminal operator that slammed any illegal charges on ANLCA members henceforth.





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