Authorites at the National Port Authority say they have negotiated 100% waiver for storage and demurrage on abandoned containers at the Freeport of Monrovia.
APM Terminals and Shipping Agencies Officials announced their fullest support to President George Weah’s Pro–Poor Government policy and consented to waive the storage and demurrage charges 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 gesture from President Weah to consignees whose containers have overstayed at the Freeport of Monrovia beyond 90 days.
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.
According to NPA acting Managing Director, the move is President Weah’s desire to bring relief to consignees who have incurred huge storage and demurrage debts on the abandoned containers being considered under this waiver order .
Mrs Brown intoned that the action will enhance port operational efficiency, decongest container park at the Port and improve quick turnaround time of container traffic.
The waiver of 100% charges on storage and demurrage on the overstayed containers comes on the heel of recent intervention by the NPA Management team that resulted to the cancellation of a planed strike action by Customs Brokers.
At the same time, discussions are underway with Stakeholders and the NPA Management regarding plans to arrival at measures to improve customer service and derive at solutions to address other constrains in cargo clearance at the Port.