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ANLCA, NAGAFF team up to curb excesses of  maritime agencies

Segun Oladipupo

The newly constituted Compliance team of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has said it would collaborate with compliance team of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) to minimise operational challenges of freight forwarders in the process of cargo clearance in the port

Hon. Tony Iju Nwabunike, National President of ANLCA stated this in a release made available to journalists on Tuesday.

Nwabunike, who doubles as the Chief Executive Officer of Mac Tonnel, said the team would work in synergy with NAGAFF 100 percent Compliance team in monitoring activities on the cargo clearing chain.

According to him, the initiative becomes imperative for both groups to share intelligence and vital information, in order to check the excesses of  agencies saddled with the statutory duties of cargo clearance at the seaports, Airports and land borders.

He added that the current leadership of ANLCA believed strongly in unity of purpose in moving the Customs Brokerage/freight forwarding sub-sector forward for the greater good of all members.

“As such, ANLCA is working tirelessly to promote synergy among all Customs Brokers & freight forwarders in the industry.

“For us as Customs Brokers / freight forwarders to achieve tangible growth in the sector we invest so much in, we must speak with one voice.

“This is the time to work as one  big family to achieve our common goal of repositioning the sector in line with ease of doing business formulated by the Federal  Government  of Nigeria.

“ANLCA’s Compliance team will work hand-in-hand  with NAGAFF or any other Association’s Compliance committee
to check bottle-necks and excesses of agencies impeding trade in the industry.

“A situation where  multiple alerts from various Customs units, even waylaying of Containers  that have been released at  ports by the Customs Federal Operations Unit (FOU), the Strike-Force and even Police officers, is totally unacceptable.

“This is an aspect we have to address together as a matter of urgency.

“So, the two or other Compliance Teams will exchange ideas, monitor activities in the industry, as they work together to achieve the same purpose for  various members of their own Associations .

“Most importantly, sometimes they will join efforts in tackling problems and issues bothering on the welfare of members and Associations from time to time,” he maintained.

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