E-WASTE SAGA: Shippers Suspend Transporting Used Electronics

Against the backdrop of indiscriminate detention of ships by the Nigerian  Environmental Standards Regulation and Enforcement Agency (NESREA), major shipping  lines and their agents operating under the aegis of the Shipping Association of  Nigeria (SAN) have announced the suspension of shipping of used electronics destined  for Nigeria.

The implication of this is that any Nigerian that intends to import used electronic  items such as television sets, radio, DVD players and I-pods, even as personal  effects from any part of the world, may not be able to find a shipping line to  convey his consignment into the country.

It is estimated that an average of 2,000 TEUs (twenty equivalent units containers)  of used electronics items are imported into Nigeria through the major shipping lines  monthly.

A statement signed by the Chairman of SAN, Mr. Val Usifoh, stated that shipping  lines, through their agents, have suspended the shipping of second hand electronics  pending full and final official clarification on the guidelines regarding the  importation of second-hand electronics into Nigeria.

The statement disclosed that shipping lines and SAN do not support the  transportation of toxic wastes of any kind, and will continue to cooperate with the  relevant government authorities.

“As reported in the media in recent weeks, a number of container vessels have been  detained in Nigerian Ports following the instructions of NESREA (National  Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency) for allegedly bringing  toxic waste into Nigeria. Our members have viewed with great concern the detention  of these vessels.

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