By Godwin Oritse
THE National Council of Managing Director of Licensed Customs Agents (NCMDLCA) has raised alarm over moves by the dissolved board of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarders in Nigeria (CRFFN) to collect dues despite the absence of a Council.
In a letter to President Goodluck Jonathan, the group’s president Mr. Lucky Amiwero said that the conduct by some persons, who are staff of the dissolved and expired Council, is to course breach of peace in the port through their activities.
Amiwero stated that most of the people who parade themselves as freight forwarders do not even know what qualifies them as freight forwarders.
He explained most of the so called freight forwarders cannot be called as such because they lack the requisite training that qualifies them to practice as such.
Explaining further, Amiwero said that the law setting up the CRFFN is also defective as only qualified people are suppose to be members of the Council contrary to what was been constituted in the past.
He said “ By the provision of section 4 of the freight forwarding Act, it is only the constituted Council that has the right to perform the Act in paragraph (A-J)
“The Registrar and staff are support staff and not members of the Council of Regulation of Freight Forwarder by the Act and have no such power, which if not checked may constitute threat to our port system.
According to the seasoned Customs broker, the functions of a freight forwarders are quite different from that of a Customs agents adding that most of the people who parade themselves as freight forwarders are actually Customs agents.
“While freight forwarders are involved in the carriage and movement of goods, the Customs agents treat documents that are associated with imports and exports.