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National Port Authority to waive storage and other charges

BST Release/Maximilian Kasseh, Jr.
Containers at the Free Port of Monrovia
Containers at the Free Port of Monrovia

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The Management of the National Port Authority says it has negotiated 100% of storage and de-murrage on abandoned containers at the Free Port of Monrovia.

APM Terminal and Shipping officials said they are fully in support of President Weah Pro-Poor Government policy and consented to waive the storage and de-murrage charges.

According to a release issued February 13, 2018, the decision was reached recently at the close of two separate meetings with the Management of the National Port Authority.

NPA Acting Managing Director, Celia Cuffy-Brown-described the move as a positive gesture from President George Weah to consignees whose containers have overstayed beyond ninety days.

The release quotes the Port Management as saying the waiver excludes handling charges as details regarding the full list of containers under this category will form part of the clearance date and procedures expected to be announced in the days ahead.

The NPA Acting Managing Director also said the move is President Weah’s desire to bring relief to consignees who have incurred huge storage and de-murrage debts on the abandoned containers being considered under this waiver order.

Mrs Brown said: “The action will enhance port operation efficiently, decongest containers parked at the port and improve quick turnaround time of container traffic.”

The waiver comes on the heel of recent intervention by the NPA Management of the NPA team that resulted to the cancellation of a planned strike action by customs brokers.

At the same time discussions are underway with stakeholders and the NPA Management regarding plans to arrive at measures to improve customer service and derive at solutions to address other constrains in cargo clearance at the port.


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