GTB 737 banner Yudala banner

Court adjourns terminal operators’ suit against Shippers’ Council over charges till May 23

By News Express on 05/02/2016

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 1,646


A Federal Court of Appeal in Lagos on Thursday adjourned till May 23, a case between the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) and the Seaports Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN) over port charges.

The court also adjourned hearing till May 23, another appeal filed by the Association of Shipping Lines Agencies (ASLA) against the NSC and the Shippers’ Association Lagos State (SALS) as co-defendants.

The Presiding Judge, Mrs Uzoamaka Anyanwu, said that the court adjourned the case as a result of delay by the appellant in submitting the necessary papers.

The judge said the appellant should have followed up the documentation at every stage.

“You (appellant) have not done your own part. So, therefore, the court fined you the sum of N30, 000 to pay the defendant for the delay.”

Speaking with newsmen shortly after the adjournment, Counsel to one of the appelants (ASLA), Chidi Ilogu (SAN) said the court had adjourned the case.

The Counsel to the NSC, Emeka Akabogu, expressed dissatisfaction with the attitude of the appellant.

“The court has ruled and we have no choice than to obey.”

A Counsel to the other appellant (STOAN) Ayo Olorunfemi, said he had filed an application for extension of time to complete documentation.

“The court is saying that I should have reminded the court that I had brought the remaining documents expected from me and I delivered to the Registrar.

“It was the duty of the Registrar to inform the judge that he had received the documents on Feb. 1.”

He said that the next adjourned day was long enough for the Registrar to brief the judge about the additional documents.

The Counsel to the Shippers Association of Lagos State (SALS), Mr Osuala Nwagbara, said he believed that the appellant was trying to slow down the process.

“It is not in the interest of the parties to slow down the case.

“I demanded for N2 million fine against the appellant to make them know that the court is not happy with the slowdown of the case.”

NAN reports that both ASLA and STOAN had instituted an appeal against the NSC over the council’s attempt to cut shipping agency charges and progressive storage charges collected by the terminal operators.

NAN reports that on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, the NSC published newspapers’ advertisements announcing the reversal of storage charges at the ports to those in force as at May 1, 2009.

The NSC also ordered an increase in the free storage period at the port from three to seven days.

The council equally directed shipping companies to reduce their shipping line agency charges from N26, 500 to N23, 850 on 20ft. container and from N48,000 to N40,000 on 40 ft. container.

NSC also called for a refund of container deposits by importers and agents within 10 working days after the return of the empty containers.

Dissatisfied with the directive, the shipping companies and terminal operators headed for the Federal High Court and instituted an action against the NSC.

In a judgement delivered by Justice Ibrahim Buba on Dec. 17, 2014, the judge annulled illegal port charges and ordered shipping companies to refund billions of naira collected since 2006 from shippers (importers and exporters).

The judge affirmed in his judgement, the appointment of NSC as the economic regulator of the ports and dismissed the claims of shipping companies and the terminal operators.

Buba further held that the Shipping Line Agency Charges (SLAC) levied and collected from Nigerian shippers by the shipping companies since 2006 was illegal.

He ordered that the shipping companies should account and pay to Nigerian shippers all monies or fees charged and collected since 2006 as SLAC from shippers or users of shipping and port-related services from 2006 to date.

The court dismissed the claims of the shipping companies and the terminal operators and granted the counter claims of NSC.

The shipping companies and the terminal operators lost the case in a judgement delivered by Justice Ibrahim Buba on Dec. 17, 2015, prompting the appeal. (NAN)

•Photo shows sea vessel.

Source News Express

Posted 05/02/2016 04:11:32 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

 

You may also like...
What life has taught me at 47, and...

IPOB not a terrorist organisation — Middle-Belt, Southern...

SON sets new grading hurdles for hotels

Cattle dealers boycott southern states

Afro-Pop sensation, J’odie, returns with hit single ‘Fresh...

APC candidate wants Ekweremadu’s election nullified

INEC staff defends Delta guber election results at...

Economy: I foresee doom if government does not...

15 Kebbi worshippers drown in River Niger

Niger probes N4.4bn bailout funds to LGAs

FG hails Ugwuanyi

How new technologies reduce health risks associated with...

 

Latest News Police kills man transporting Indian hemp in Anambra Fund shortlists 30 innovations for 2017 Changemaker Challenge Fidelity Bank sponsors world’s biggest entrepreneurial TV programme Nigeria, Turkey to collaborate in fight against terrorism, arms smuggling PDP not playing expected role of opposition party — Dickson Lagos trains 5,000 pupils on domestic violence, child abuse preventive techniques PenCom explains delay in gratuity payment Abuja Chamber lauds VP’s economic planning, development efforts EU denies favouring Buhari during 2015 Presidential election, commends Jonathan for accepting defeat Weatherman predicts sunshine today but cloudy conditions down South Shocker: How FG secretly reinstated and promoted man declared wanted by EFCC for alleged N195bn fraud Association passes vote of no confidence on banks, urges FG to channel agric loans through credible organisations

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (287,996 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (270,746 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (218,509 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (183,999 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (179,621 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (162,383 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (140,758 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (128,804 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (123,783 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (114,262 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (112,241 views) APC cries foul as PDP’s Fayose takes early lead in Ekiti governorship election (104,589 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (30) Business (2,733) Business Verdict (24) Columnists (758) Complaints & Requests (93) Enterprise & Opportunities (183) Entertainment (396) Features (497) Global Business Monitor (187) International (1,589) Interviews (134) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (79) News (29,541) Opinion (826) Pidgin (8) Politics (3,993) Religion (645) Sports (1,340) Stock Watch (23) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

UBA mobile app

CBN Words on marble

 

 

#MonkeyPox outbreak

 

APO Group Partner

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement



 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!