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Freight forwarding group warns agents against sharp practices

National Association of Government  Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has warned its members operating at the Ports and Terminals Multi-Purpose Services Limited (PTML) to desist from clearing cargoes without proper Customs documentation.

The PTML chapter Chairman, Deacon Dike Kalu told newsmen that the group has uncovered a plan by some people to destabilize the fragile peace existing in the Command.

Kalu also disclosed that some of the group’s members have been found to be associating with unscrupulous freight forwarders who want to continue in their corrupt activities adding that anybody found to be working against the tenets of the association will be severely dealt with. He assured the Command’s leadership of the association’s unflinching support in its effort to sanitize the processes and procedures of cargo clearance.

The seasoned freight forwarder explained that on assumption of duty as chairman, the group inherited a handful of problems which he said has reduced drastically.

“Right from inception of this administration, we have been  telling our members to carry out their businesses within the law guiding Customs operation. “Businesses must be done in accordance with law and its procedures .
“The CAC of the Command, Dan Kuffi is doing everything possible to ensure that sanity returns to the Command we, as a group, are supporting him in this regards.

It would be recalled that a major crisis erupted at the Command last week and over 40 agents whom the Customs described as miscreants were arrested and currently being prosecuted for unlawful entry and other offences.

The crisis which disrupted operations at the Command for almost three days was as a result of the reaction of agents to seizure of over 30 vehicles ordered by the Comptroller of the Command, Garba Dan Kuffi for under-declaration and under-payment of duty.


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