Nigeria Shipper’s Council, says there is need for the Union of African Shippers’ Councils to look at the cost of transportation in the West and Central African sub-region scientifically and negotiate appropriately.
The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shipper’s Council, Barrister Hassan Bello who stated this in an interview with Journalist during the Union of African Shippers’ Councils Sub-Regional Workshop and Joint Standing Committees Meeting in Abuja, said there is need for Shipper’s Council to represent the Shippers and involve them in the negotiations of the cost.
According to him “The cost of transportation is 40% more in African region than in any other region. It is important we look at this cost in a very scientific manner and be able to negotiate them appropriately.
“We are not price fixing organisations but we should also have moderation on the cost. The lower the cost of transportation, the more the economy grows”.
Barrister Bello noted that there is a common consensus among the 15 countries in attendance at the meeting that costs of transportation should be reasonably priced, adding that even more importantly Nigerians, Togolese, Gabonese, Ghanaians, Nigeriens, and all African countries should participate in the negotiations.
The NSC Boss said the Nigeria Shippers’ Council is negotiating with shipping lines to arrive at a consensus to reduce shipping charges by shipping lines by 30-35%.
“Nigeria Shippers’ Council is negotiating with the shipping lines, it has been going on for quite a while but we are yet to arrive at a consensus, and if we do sign the Memorandum of Understanding, it is expected that we will achieve 30-35% reduction in shipping charges by the shipping lines. They have demonstrated enough good will and we have done the same also and if we come together, we can negotiate local shipping charges but now we are talking of international charges including freight”.
NSC Director Consumer Affairs, Mr Cajetan Agu said the mandate given to the committee is to deal with issue relating to incident of cost in west and African economies as it relates to transportation, adding that the Committee members have agreed on the need to engage the multinational shipping lines on the imposition of arbitrary charges so as to know the component of freight rate they are paying.