Nigeria Could Fine Empty Containers Blocking Ports

29 July 2009 (Last Updated July 29th, 2009 18:30)

The Nigerian Government is considering regulations which would punish foreign shipping firms that leave empty containers in Nigerian ports to eliminate port congestion, it has been revealed The fine will be payable in the form of demurrage or a levy. The prospective laws are

The Nigerian Government is considering regulations which would punish foreign shipping firms that leave empty containers in Nigerian ports to eliminate port congestion, it has been revealed

The fine will be payable in the form of demurrage or a levy.

The prospective laws are designed to help reduce frequent overcrowding at the Port of Lagos caused by empty containers at the quayside, according to the government.

The regulation is part of a report to be sent for final authorisation by Nigeria’s National Assembly.