By Godfrey Bivbere
As the April 24th closing date for registration of freight forwarders in the country draws nearer, the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN), has warnedÂ would be members against late registration
CRFFN’s regitra Mr Mike Jukwe said that the ample time gien for registration is toÂ ensure that all practitioners are given the necessary opportunity, the council is set to go round major sea ports, cargo airports and land border posts of the country to receive applications for the registration of individual and corporate freight forwarders as well as freight service providers from this week.
The registration exercise has been extended from 15th to 24th April, 2010. This exercise will kick off on Wednesday, April 14th to end on Saturday, 24th in the four cities of Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano.
A press statement signed by the Registrar/Chief Executive of the Council, Sir Mike Jukwe, noted that the registration process in Western Zone would hold at the Apapa, Tin Can Island and Kirirkiri Ports, Lilypond Container Terminal, Ijora, the cargo section of Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja as well as the Seme and Idiroko land border posts.
The exercise would then move to the cargo section of Nnandi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja from April 14th to 24th while that of Kaduna holds at the Inland Container Depot and Customs House, Kabala from April 19th to 24th.
The same process will commence at the cargo section of Aminu Kano International Airport and Inland Container Depot from April 14th to 24th for the Northern Zone while those of the land border posts in Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, Sokoto, Taraba, Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states holds from April 15th to 24th.
That of the Eastern Zone holds from April 14th to 24th in Rivers, Delta and Cross Rivers States. The venues are Onne and Area I Ports, cargo section of Port Harcourt International Airport, Customs House/Federal Secretariat; Warri and Sapele Ports; as well as Calabar Customs House and Port respectively.
ified applicants will be registered and only those registered shall be allowed to practice.
â€œI wish to also announce that, as at the close of the receipt of applications for the accreditation of associations of freight forwarders on Wednesday, 7th April, 2010 only five applications were received, from AREFFN, ANLCA, NAFFAC, NAGAFF and NCMDLCA. Management will analyze the applications and make appropriate recommendations to the Governing Council for its decision. Again, only those Associations that meet the requirement will be accredited and those not accredited and not be allowed to function.â€
The CRFFN helmsman stated that in the end, â€˜the accredited associations will be given â€œoperating guidelinesâ€ while registered freight forwarders will be given â€œCode of professional conductâ€. We will sanitize our profession and accord it integrity,â€™ he concluded.