On 17 April 2020, the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (‘the Agency’) directed the nations shipping lines to suspend the collection of demurrage charges on cargo which arrived in Nigeria during the lockdown period with effect from 30 March 2020 to 3rd May 2020.
While some shipping lines (for example Maersk line) complied with the directive, other shipping lines ignored the directive and continued to charge demurrage on cargo. In response, the Agency has issued a public notice via its social media handles requesting all consignees and agents who were still paying demurrage fees to forward evidence of the payments to the Agency to facilitate the refund of the demurrage charges.
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https://guardian.ng/news/council-orders-shipping-firms-to-waive-demurrage-on-cargoes/ by Sulaimon Salau (accessed 07 May 2020 at 13:00).
 Via Nigerian Shippers’ Council (Ngshippers). “SUSPENSION OF SHIPPING LINE DEMURRAGE CHARGE: COVID-19 We wish to bring to the notice of the general public and relevant stakeholders that shipping lines have substantially complied with the suspension of demurrage … Instagram.com/p/B_n03d8nJuq/ “ 30 April 2020, 11:46pm. Tweet. See also http://marineandpetroleum.com/shippers-council-intervenes-to-enforce-demurrage-waiver-refund-at-nigerian-ports/ by Admin (accessed 07 May 2020 at 12:00).