We Are Not Part Of Any Strike Action —NAGAFF

THE National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has dissociated itself from any planned strike at the nation’s seaports and has also advised its members to allow the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) to mitigate in the issue of demurrage and storage waivers at the port.
NAGAFF National President, Uche Increase, in a statement recently, cautioned that any NAGAFF member who chose to be part of any protest at the port is doing so without the mandate of the association and shall be treated as a “dissident”.
According to the NAGAFF President, the waivers on shipping container demurrage from March 30 to May 3, 2020 and storage/rent charges on all goods at the ports terminals from March 23, 2020 to April 27, 2020 was a directive of the government agencies and the agencies should be allowed to handle the matter.
He said, “The waivers were a sort of palliatives brokered by the NSC and NPA as a succour to shippers/consignees in order to reduce the effects of the presidential directives on the lockdowns slammed on Lagos and Ogun states as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and the attendant skeletal services provided by the various parties in the maritime supply chain, at the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“NAGAFF wishes to dissociate itself from the said protest and to warn that any NAGAFF member who chooses to be part of the protest does not have the mandate of NAGAFF and shall be treated as a dissident by the association.”

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