“Freight forwarders should exercise care and due diligence in carrying out responsibilities and follow the standard trading conditions as approved by Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN)”.
This was a statement made by the founder of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Boniface Aniebonam in a press release on Tuesday,15th of November 2016.
Aniebonam further explained that, ” it is on record that NAGAFF has constantly encouraged practicing freight forwarders to exercise caution with regards to unprofessional conduct.It is in public notice that freight forwarders are currently acting as double agents without minding the consequences. A freight agent voluntarily accepting to be the consignee in international trade is a risk.”
He further said, ” we have it on good authority that the owners of imports are in the habit of refusing to take any additional bill that may occur in the process of clearing good out of Customs controls. It is also on record that issues of intervention of the Federal Operations Unit and Standards Organization of Nigeria along the roads are left to the freight agents yo bear the financial burdens.”
He however called on freight forwarders to follow the Standard Trading Conditions as approved by CRFFN and Import Guideline of 2013 as amended.
According to him, every importer is expected to retain the devices of a freight forwarders with all relevant import documents and evidence of Customs duty as it is wrong for practitioners to determine Customs duty payable under falsehood as a result of unhealthy competition among freight forwarders.