The federal government has called on all bonded terminals in the country to desist from charging shippers and freight forwarders illegal fees and improve on efficient delivery and management of cargo or face total shutdown.
The Executive Secretary/CEO of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) Mr. Hassan Bello, stated this during an on the spot assessment of Denca Terminal and Kachicares Bonded Terminal, both located within Amuwo-Odofin lagos.
Bello threatened to shut down Denca Bonded Terminal if it fails to return about N46 million illegal charges obtained under the guise of transfer and storage charge from Nigerian Shippers and freight forwarders.
He condemned the indiscriminate citing of bonded terminal and issuing of approvals by the Nigerian Custom Service (NCS) stressing that henceforth, the NSC would engage customs to ensure that it is consulted before bonded terminals are licensed.
The NSC, he stated had in July issued a circular, directing all seaport terminal and bonded terminals to stop charging shippers for transfer of cargoes from Apapa to bonded terminals.