… Threatens to withdraw services from ports
There is an ongoing agitation by Freight Forwarders and Licensed Customs Agents for the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) and the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) to withdraw services from the Nigerian seaports and border stations.
The agitation was to bring to light, the high levelled corruption in the various ports and border stations occasioned by officials of Government operating in the ports and borders.
They also complain of the incessant stoppage of containers at the shipping companies and terminal operators’ desks by the Maritime Police, over taxation and frivolous Demand Notes and unguided trade alerts on cargoes by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
According to a complain letter sent to the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA); the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) and the NCS by the management of NAGAFF, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), were also not left out in the problem.
The letter, which was sent BusinessandEducation News, said that these officials also abuse their offices; intimidate; harass; extort and illegally detain freight agents using their enforcement units, and this breaches the Standard Operating Condition of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) and Section 154 of the Customs law.
The letter called on the Ministers of Transport, Finance, Trade and Investment, Health and the IGP whose officers are detailed to the ports and border stations, to find out why this level of corruption is still in existence at the ports despite the effort of the Federal Government to stem corruption in Nigeria.
“In the interim, it is our view that NPA, NCS and NSC kick-start consultations with the critical stakeholders in this regard to draw the attention of the Ministers mentioned. At our end, NAGAFF and ANLCA have started consultations with a view to ensuring that Freight Forwarders and Licensed Customs Agents do not withdraw their services as first option in their agitation and complaints, pending the outcome of any intervention as may be made by Government.

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