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100 percent compliance team threatens to shut down shipping agencies’ operations nationwide over illegalities 

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Segun Oladipupo

The 100 percent compliance team of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has notified all shipping companies in Nigeria of its readiness to withdraw services of freight forwarders in the country.

The letter of notification written to the heads of the shipping lines by the team and signed by Alh. Ibrahim Tanko, the
National Coordinator and made available to nigeriamaritime360.com, the group stated that the service withdrawal is borne out of depletion of container deposit, detention invoice, undue debiting of importers,among other issues.

Full text of the letter read, “We write to notify all the shipping lines operating in Nigeria of our intention to withdraw our services.

“This is sequel to the multitude of complaints on extortion via:
Depletion of container deposit refunds, detention invoice, undue debiting of our clients, bringing us into disputes with our transporters/ clients, unnecessary extortion of our importers up to #150,000 before dropping empty containers; then they pass it back to us before giving us our container cards.

“Others include, network issue: raising invoice, sending TDO etc to which we are losing #10 million per day, deceitful demand of opening of importers account/ extortion before releasing invoice, transfer of containers against the wish, consent nor approval of the consignee.

” This is a dubious move aimed at extorting money from us, and we are losing over #50million per day.

“As a result of your negligence or lack of capacity, you foister on us undue equipment detention charges ranging from #200,000 per 1×40ft and #100,000 ×1×20ft multiplied by over 1000 containers per day, our transporters should be paid by way of compensation for using their trucks as a holding bay for days and weeks, further more, we  are no longer going to be induced no coerced into arresting our transporters over misunderstandings bordering on missing containers etc.

“Against this background, want to notify that from the 25/10/2021 through 10/11/2021, if these issues raised above were not properly addressed; we will  withdraw our services.

“It has come to our knowledge, that these shipping lines are not interested in the welfare of freight forwarders nor Nigerians, hence non of them have investment in Nigeria. All of them are on rent.

“Take notice: Do not open for operation after 10/11/2021. To be fore warned is to be fore armed” the notice concluded.

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