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CRFFN to deregister non-certificated freight forwarders

CRFFN, Registrar, Barrister Samuel Nwakohu,

 

— as it celebrates about 500 graduating logistics providers

 

Eyewitness reporter

The Council For The Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria(CRFFN) is set to wield the big stick on the freight forwarders who fail to get the minimum educational requirement to practice in the freight forwarding and logistics supply industry in Nigeria.

To this end, the Council has reiterated its warning that any freight forwarder who is not certificated in the freight forwarding and logistics practice would be deregistered by December 2021.

The Registrar of the Council, Barrister Samuel Nwakohu, who dropped the hint yesterday, said that any freight forwarder deregistered on account of non-certification will be barred from practising in any of the Nigerian ports as the activities of such person would be declared illegal.

Barrister Nwakohu, who was speaking to Journalists at the Lagos office of the council, however, said he has the discretionary powers to extend the date depending on the circumstance that subsists at that time.

”By December, this year, any freight forwarder who does not have the specified requirement, we shall consider stopping such person from practising.

”However, I have a discretion I may exercise, having regard to the circumstance, to extend the time to acquire the required educational qualifications”, Barrister Nwakohu declared.

Meanwhile, preparations are in top gear by the Council to organise a maiden graduation ceremony for freight forwarders who have acquired various educational proficiencies in freight forwarding and logistics supply.

According to Mr. Alban Igwe, the Director of Education and Training, CRFFN, about 500 freight forwarders who have completed their training at various accredited educational institutions in the country, would participate in the graduation ceremony which comes on Saturday, November, 27th, 2021, at the Tayo Aderinokun Lecture theatre, University of Lagos.

Giving details of the long journey that eventually culminated in the grand ceremony on Saturday, Igwe said that as part of the core mandate of the Council to sanitise the freight forwarding practice and educate the practitioners in the modern art of the profession, the Council commenced the process in 2012 by getting international accreditation of the Federation International of Freight Forwarding Association (FIATA).

After this, he said the Council sponsored 236 persons to the Train-the-Trainers programme at FIATA, adding that some of Saturday’s graduates are the products of these specially trained people.

“We achieved this milestone at a great cost to the Council and in our desire to fulfill the mandate given to us as a Council”  Igwe stated.

He explained further that in furtherance of this objective, the Council initially accredited one educational institution in each of the six geo-political zones of the country to train the freight forwarders in Certificate courses, Diploma Courses, and Higher Diploma courses.

However, as time went on, the numbers of the accredited institutions were expanded to 16 in the country where the Customs brokers could avail themselves the opportunity to update their knowledge on the modern trend in freight forwarding practice.

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Farinto urges Customs brokers to mobilise 5m votes for  presidential candidate who is freight forwarders- friendly

Kayode Farinto, Ag, Pre4sident, ANLCA
Eyewitness reporter
Kayode Farinto, the Acting President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has enjoined freight forwarders to use their votes to bring in a government that has a passion for the welfare of freight forwarders in Nigeria.
The ANLCA chieftain made this call Monday in his May Day/ Sallah message to the freight forwarders confraternity.
Farinto, who bemoaned the harassment and intimidation the freight forwarders are being subjected to under the outgoing government in terms of multiple charges, levies and extortions, urged the oppressed customs brokers to use their PVCs to bring in a presidential candidate who will end the misery and sufferings of freight forwarders.
Consequently, he asked that the freight forwarders should mobilise at least five million votes in the maritime industry for a presidential candidate among the legion of contenders who will work for the welfare of customs brokers.
“The inconsistency in government policies is an eye-opener and we will enjoin our members to give the over five million votes in the industry to a presidential candidate that will be explicit on how to assist the Freight forwarding profession viz a viz implementation of people’s welfare policies their support and endorsements come 2023.
Farinto said the present government has shown a lack of empathy for the suffering and harassed freight forwarders who are even overburdened with all manner of charges in the face of an economic crunch.
“We won’t allow anyone to fool us like this outgoing government is doing.
“We are gradually losing our profession to foreign domination courtesy of lack of law that will protect indigenous practitioners”, he lamented.
While urging the freight forwarders to brace up for the reintroduction of the revised Vehicles Identification Number (VIN) valuation policy this month, the ANLCA Chief warned them to be on their guard against people who may wish to compromise the process to the detriment of freight forwarders.
“Let me commence by saying that, it is obvious that the NCS will be implementing the VIN VALUATION this month, going by the news filtering around us in the industry and we need to monitor this because people will not want the process to be successful may introduce things outside our agreement into the procedures”
“I have released the agreed procedures on clearance of Standard Chassis vehicles that fall within VIN valuation and Non-Standard chassis vehicles,salvage, and accidented vehicles a few days ago.
 “We need to allow these new changes going by all we go through in the hands of customs various units to clear vehicles in the ports”
He recounted the horrific process of a clearance procedure, especially of vehicles, which he said is laced with extortions by the Customs
 “Even when you take your valuation, many alerts are put on our declarations and it takes the grace of God and difficult conditions to get them out of the ports.
“As if that is not enough, you need to know the numbers of calls we receive from our members delivering these vehicles within and outside the Lagos environment.
“Many customs units will say, your values are compromised, it must be jacked up and many of us are at their mercies pleading that DN should not be issued on already exited vehicles.
“This and many more things are what we believe The VIN valuation will eliminate.
“Many agents have been given forged and mutilated valuation papers by the third parties and are left to suffer the consequences of whatever happens.
“We do not need all this to get our vehicles released and we promise to challenge any command that may want to use the office of monitoring to extort money from our members when this new process commences.
The ANLCA Acting President also promised that the controversial issue of the National Automotive Council (NAC) 15 percent level will be pursued to its logical conclusion through the involvement of the national assembly and the instrumentality of the soon to be inaugurated Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding Practice in Nigeria (CRFFN).
“The issue of 15 percent NAC turn levy will be pursued vigorously immediately after the Sallah break
because we will engage the National Assembly on the need for them to know that, this government is not sensitive to the plight of the masses to have introduced a levy at this period when the economy is in comatose.
” And we will also ensure that the Federal Ministry of Finance is dragged before the people’s representatives on this matter.
“Since the CRFFN governing council may also be inaugurated this week, it will be our first issue to be raised at the plenary which needs urgent national attention.
“All our efforts to eliminate NAC turn levy is being done in collaboration with the motor dealers association”
Farinto however said that before these lofty objectives of the leadership of the freight forwarders could be achieved, the members of the confraternity must be united to achieve their common goal.
“We must however come together to achieve greatness. An injury to one should be an injury to all” he declared.
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