THE Council for Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria, (CRFFN) has concluded plans to commence the registration of freight forwarders practising in Nigeria.
Registrar of CRFFN, Sir Mike Jukwe, disclosed this in Lagos recently at a meeting between the Council and leaders of the major freight forwarding associations in the country.
At the meeting which was attended by the executive members of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), the National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents (NCMDLCA), the National Association of Air Freight Forwarders and Consolidators (NAFFAC) and the Institute of Freight Forwarders of Nigeria (IFFN), Jukwe disclosed that the registration will run for three months from January toÂ March 2010.
“I am pleased to inform you that CRFFN is ready to commence registration of freight forwarders from Monday 25th January to end on 24th March 2010.
The public notice will soon be in the print and electronic media. I urge you leaders of the prospective associations of freight forwarders to mobilise your members to take advantage of this exercise to register without fail because section 14(1) states that ‘a registered freight forwarder shall use the abbreviation RFF after his name’ while section 14(2) emphasizes that ‘subject to the provisions of this Act, a person shall not practice or carry on business under any name, style or title containing the words ‘freight forwarder’ unless he is registered under this Act’. Section 18(1) further explains that
‘The Council shall register annually all organisations or firms performing freight forwarding services’ and section 18(2) directs that ‘Notwithstanding the provisions of any other laws, no organisation or firm shall practice as freight forwarders in Nigeria unless it is registered by the Council (CRFFN)’ “, Jukwe stated.
The CRFFN boss also said that a Freight Forwarders Council will be set up later in the year to serve as a platform for inputs by the practitioners in the affairs of the regulatory body.