NSC Moves to Check High Shipping Costs in W’African Sub-region, Jime Inaugurates Committee

Group photograph of the delegates form Union of African Shippers' Councils

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The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Mr. Emmanuel Jime, has inaugurated a committee of experts to investigate the cost of shipping with the West and Central Africa sub-region.
This was in a bid to check increasing shipping costs in the sub-region.
Jime said the committee is expected to harmonise first and foremost the transport cost in the sub-region.
The measure, according to him, will ensure that all elements of cost relating to sharp corrupt practices were eliminated.
The Committee was inaugurated during the Committee of Experts Meeting/ Expanded Standing Committee Meeting and Mini-Sensitisation Workshop on the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) in Abuja on Wednesday.
Jime called on members of the Committee to bring in their expertise to bear so that the sub-region addresses the issue of high cost of shipping services as a major challenge to shippers.
The NSC CEO said during the inauguration,
”May I remind us that the purpose of setting up this committee is to harmonise first and foremost the transport cost in the sub-region and to ensure that all elements of cost relating to sharp corrupt practices are eliminated.
”By definition, the committee of experts is supposed to be constituted by one member of the following council members Nigeria, Angola, Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Niger, Senegal and Togo.
”It is because of the important nature of this assignment that this committee was formed.
”So it is my singular honour to formally inaugurate members of this committee.”
The task before the committee is to look at the charges applicable in all the states in West and Central Africa.
Delegates during the Committee of Experts Meeting believe that collaborative effort among the states in West African sub-region can address the issue of high shipping cost being imposed on shippers by multinational shipping agents.

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