Lagos - Terminal operators under the aegis of Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN) on Tuesday said that they had not increased their tariffs.
STOAN, in a statement signed by Bolaji Akinola, the spokesman for the operators, said that tariff hike was not in their agenda for now.
It said that contrary to some opinions, STOAN members were currently pre-occupied with having world class operational infrastructure at the nation’s seaports and sustainable remuneration.
The operators urged importers and agents to support the port reforms through prompt clearance of their goods from the ports.
NAN learnt that the port concessionaires were planning to hike their charges due to the inability of poor handling and storage charges to sustain their investment at the seaports.
Before the advent of port concession in 2006, the cost of clearing a 20-ft container without storage/demurrage charges was N11 715, while that of 40-ft was N18 158
The post concession period saw cost of clearing a 20-footer container without storage/demurrage appreciating to N70 000, while the 40-ft container is now N120 000.
NAN also reports that the difference between pre and post concession clearance cost at ports in Lagos stands averagely at N58 284.50 for 20-ft, while the 40-ft is N101 841.50.