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FG stops CRFFN from collecting transaction fees

By Godfrey Bivbere & Ediri Ejoh
…As agents protest
FEDERAL government has stopped the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) from further collection of the recently approved transaction fee, as a result of the petition  written to the minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar by the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA).

Following the suspension, a group of freight forwarders recently gathered in Lagos to protest against the decision of government to stop the collection. The protesting freight forwarders gathered with placards at the CRFFN Headquarters in Lagos.

The placards contained inscriptions such as “Customs, leave us alone!”, “National Assembly save the CRFFN Act 16 of 2007”, “CRFFN needs fund to train our fellow freight forwarders, Pls”, and “Registered Freight forwarders are fully behind CRFFN”.

The National Secretary of the Association of Registered Freight Forwarders of Nigeria (AREFFN), Mr Vincent Okechukwu told newsmen that they were against the position of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agent (ANLCA) which condemned the introduction of the transaction fees.

“We are here to show solidarity and support for CRFFN as far as the issue of collection of transaction fee is concerned.

According to Okechukwu the resolution taken by the freight forwarders is that they are solidly behind the CRFFN and will give the council all the support it requires.

Also speaking at the protest, Mr Bodunrin Abolaji, a member of AREFFN, described opposing moves against the transaction fees as “mischievous and parochial”.

“Collection of transaction fees at the ports will not perpetuate corruption; it will not increase cost of doing business at the ports but rather bring it down.

“The fees are just N1, 000 for a 20 feet container and N2, 000 for a 40 feet container,” Abolaji said.

He said that CRFFN was the only umbrella body formed by an Act of Parliament in 2007 for regulation and control of freight forwarding in the country.

Mr Hakeem Olanrewaju, the Chairman of the CRFFN Governing Council, urged the freight forwarders to be calm and peaceful and to go back to their work as he would present their messages and letter to the minister.

“There should be funds for the CRFFN to function. If there is no fund, over 10,000 freight forwarders in Nigeria will be denied the opportunity to professionalise.

“Since we started the enforcement of professionalism, there has been behavioural change, people are now complying and there is increase in knowledge,” Olanrewaju said.cil, urged the freight forwarders to be calm and peaceful and to go back to their work as he would present their messages and letter to the minister.

“There should be funds for the CRFFN to function. If there is no fund, over 10,000 freight forwarders in Nigeria will be denied the opportunity to professionalise.

“Since we started the enforcement of professionalism, there has been behavioural change, people are now complying and there is increase in knowledge,” Olanrewaju said.


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