A seafarer with a multinational shipping line, Mr Isaac Daso has hailed the decision of the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) to effect a 50 percent reduction on the recently introduced registration fees for operators in the maritime sector.
Daso applauded the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Council, Mr. Hassan Bello, for taking the bold step to cut the cost of registration to enable indigenous operators enter the business.
According to him, “it’s a bold step on the part of the CEO to agree to cut the registration fees for players in the maritime sector to provide a level playing field for both multinational and indigenous operators in the sector”.
He further said, the registration would provide the council information about service providers and reduce influx of people into the ports.
Daso added that the congestion currently experienced in the ports would be drastically reduced, saying, “when maritime service providers are made to register, they’re the only ones that would be allowed access into the ports. This would aid in sanitising the shipping environment and increase efficiency”
He also said with the cut in registration fees, only serious minded service providers would register and explained that it would help the council keep tabs on the operators and the revenue accruable to the sector.
A breakdown of the fees shows that shipping line agencies and seaport terminal operators would now be paying N50,000 as against the former fee of N100,000, while inland container depot operators will now be paying N25,000 instead of N50,000.
Warehouse operators, off dock terminal operators, stevedoring companies and cargo consolidators will now pay N10,000 instead of N20,000, while freight forwarders, clearing agents haulage firms which were paying N10,000 will now pay N5,000; as shippers associations; fee remains at N5,000.