Against the backdrop of indiscriminate detention of ships by the NigerianÂ Environmental Standards Regulation and Enforcement Agency (NESREA), major shippingÂ lines and their agents operating under the aegis of the Shipping Association ofÂ Nigeria (SAN) have announced the suspension of shipping of used electronics destinedÂ for Nigeria.
The implication of this is that any Nigerian that intends to import used electronicÂ items such as television sets, radio, DVD players and I-pods, even as personalÂ effects from any part of the world, may not be able to find a shipping line toÂ convey his consignment into the country.
It is estimated that an average of 2,000 TEUs (twenty equivalent units containers)Â of used electronics items are imported into Nigeria through the major shipping linesÂ monthly.
A statement signed by the Chairman of SAN, Mr. Val Usifoh, stated that shippingÂ lines, through their agents, have suspended the shipping of second hand electronicsÂ pending full and final official clarification on the guidelines regarding theÂ importation of second-hand electronics into Nigeria.
The statement disclosed that shipping lines and SAN do not support theÂ transportation of toxic wastes of any kind, and will continue to cooperate with theÂ relevant government authorities.
â€œAs reported in the media in recent weeks, a number of container vessels have beenÂ detained in Nigerian Ports following the instructions of NESREA (NationalÂ Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency) for allegedly bringingÂ toxic waste into Nigeria. Our members have viewed with great concern the detentionÂ of these vessels.