Nigeria’s clearing agenst protest over illegal demurrage fee
By Oyise Oghene
About 1,000 clearing agents, the Association of Nigerian Licensed Custom Agents (ANCLA) and the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) today protest inside the rain to show their grievances over the increase of clearing fee allegedly imposed on them by the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company plc, Nahco at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Lagos.
Vice Chairman of ANCLA, Mr. Tope Akindele said that for two weeks that the agents went on strike over the planned evacuation by the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) of which they have not been working and now after resuming work today (Monday) the Nahco officials came up with new charges on the goods which we already have in their warehouses claiming that we should pay for both the storage of the goods as well as demurrage.
He further noted that such move by Nahco was wrong because they used to pay N8,50k per kilo on goods before but now Nacho was asking them to pay N41,00 per kilo on goods and they have nothing to justify the money that Nacho was asking them to pay.
Also speaking, the Chairman of NAGAFF, Mr. Segun Musa said “what we are fighting for is not for our personal interest but for the interest of the generality of Nigerians and most especially the importers”
“The charges imposed on us by the Nacho officials will definitely affect and cripple the economy because most of these charges will bear on the goods after clearing and get to the market while the consumer will be at the receiving end of it all” he added.
Mr. Musa further stressed that the charges imposed by Nacho on the clearing agents was not the problem but added that they did not have anything on ground to justify the money accrue to Nacho.