The Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) has urged shipping companies to appoint desk officers to enable a smooth interface between the two parties
NSC Executive Secretary and Managing Director Mr. Emmanuel Jime made the call in a statement in Lagos on Friday.
The statement was signed by the council’s head of public relations, Rakiya Dhikru-Yagboyaju.
Jime is said to have made the proposal while leading the agency’s management during a courtesy visit to CMA CGM Nigeria Shipping Limited in Lagos.
He said the desk officers would share with the NSC the challenges they face in their operations.
Jime said NSC, as a port economic regulator, wants transparent operations for service providers and their customers.
He praised the company for embracing digitalization in its operations, noting that the board of shippers was delighted with the equipment currently used by CMA CGM in its plant.
According to the council helmsman, the NSC promotes Vehicle Transit Areas (VTAs) and Inland Dry Ports (IDPs) to help develop transport infrastructure in the country.
In his response, the General Manager of CMA CGM, Mr. Lionel Odeyer, welcomed the visit of the management of NSC.
He identified the deplorable access roads to ports, congestion and delays encountered in returning voids as challenges faced by businesses in Nigeria.
Odeyer sought the support and partnership of NSC for the awareness of shippers.
He said the development of Lekki Deep Seaport would help maritime trade in Nigeria, describing it as a game changer. (NAN)