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Amaechi hails capacity building programme of CRFFN

Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation
—-as about 400 freight forwarders graduate in maiden exercise
Tunde Ojudun
The Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has lauded the capacity-building programme of the Council For the Regulation of Freight Forwarding Practice in Nigeria(CRFFN) which he believed has marked out freight forwarding practice as a job for professionals and no longer an all-comers affair.
Amaechi, who was speaking at the maiden graduation ceremony of about 400 freight forwarders in Freight Forwarding And Supply Chain Management which was held on Saturday at the University of Lagos, described the event as a milestone for freight forwarding business in Nigeria.
The Minister, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, enthused that the graduands have been marked out as professionals and that freight forwarding is fast becoming a profession for professionals only.
Looking back, he believed that “we can say we are doing the right thing and we are getting it right now.”
The Minister stated that freight forwarding in Nigeria is changing for the better and stated that as the world is going digital, stakeholders should look for more innovative ways to do the job of freight forwarding.

a cross-section of the graduands

He said he was looking forward to the contributions of professional freight forwarders to the digitalization of shipping operations.
In his speech, the guest speaker and immediate past Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), Barr. Hassan Bello noted that if Nigeria had embraced technology, the problem of port congestion would not have reared its ugly head.
He called for the simplification of clearing procedures as he pointed out that freight forwarders are central to the digitalization of the ports.
He commended the  National Assembly for passing the CRFFN act of 2007.
Bello noted that though the Nigeria Customs Service has modernized but charged the agency to carry along other stakeholders in its modernization programme for seamless port operation.
He tasked freight forwarders to be up and doing as they are very strategic to maritime operations.
Bello said that as professionals, freight forwarders should not be talking about closing down the ports when there is disagreement but should be in the vanguard of negotiating for better tariffs and charges for efficient port operations.
In his goodwill message, the Acting Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mr. Mohammed Bello-Koko, averred that the freight and logistics market in Nigeria has had to grapple with several challenges such as poor hinterland infrastructure, regulatory inconsistencies, insufficient investments, and high operating costs, among others.
He stated that as the custodian of seaports in Nigeria, NPA is committed to the elimination of bottlenecks to efficient cargo delivery and evacuation from the port, adding that the Authority has introduced several measures to address traffic gridlock into the ports as well as reduce transaction costs for port users.
Bello-Koko averred that despite the good efforts of the CRFFN, the domestic freight logistics industry in Nigeria remains highly fragmented, saying that the big-ticket jobs are in the hands of foreign and multinational companies from Europe and Asia.
The NPA boss enjoined local practitioners to eschew unhealthy rivalry and acrimony, but embrace consensus building and a culture of compromise.
He revealed that Nigeria’s renaissance depends a lot on a virile and competitive supply chain, stating that it’s the responsibility of freight regulators, service providers, or freight practitioners to rise above operating in silos and work in unity to grow Nigeria’s freight logistics industry into the best in Africa.
He said that the NPA regards the CRFFN as a strategic partner and ally in progress and promised to offer the needed support at all levels to the council in the discharge of its mandate to grow the knowledge base of Nigerian freight forwarders, which will ultimately bring greater prosperity to Nigerians and expand the revenue base of government at all levels.
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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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