|Mr Iju Nwabunike, former President of CRFFN|
the Council for Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) has
said freight forwarders were not getting the desired cooperation from
government agencies were not helping the freight forwarders.
there was need for mutual relationship between government agencies and
the freight> forwarders, who generated huge amount of revenue for
“I will tell you, government agencies
are not helping the freight forwarding in Nigeria. So, that is
the major problem we have here.
“Government agencies believe they are
Lords over themselves; they can do their things; they
know it is supposed to be a synergy thing. It is supposed to be a group
“It is not something that one can do
alone. Government is all about> encompassing; so, when
customs is talking, customs is thinking that
they are boss
over the freight forwarders.
you cannot collect your duty without me sitting down in this
place to raise my draft for treating.
can he come tell me that you are the person collecting the duty?
say they are collecting the duty, they do not see the duty, they just
“I interface with the bank and I pay
the banks. I think they should give freight forwarders honours
they deserve in this country.
erroneous belief that freight forwarders were not educated should be corrected,
adding that freight forwarders were intelligent persons with sound mind.
a freight forwarder as an intelligent person with a mind sound enough to
connect with the global community on trade.
forwarding is a good business. Is a business for very intelligent
who know their onions.
“It is not for dropouts; because I am
not a good `danfo’ driver, I should go back to the
port. It is not that idea.
“The idea is that you have to learn
it. It is an institution that you have to come to learn, you have
to read a lot of books, you have to be in line with what FIATA
wants or AITA wants.
to be in tandem with globalisation of things. Logistics is a
chain delivery; so, if for example, I cannot interact with my
contemporaries in America to do my business here
that means I am lagging behind,’’
said in Western countries like America and Germany, freight
forwarders were accorded their pride of place as key drivers of the
government agencies to dignify the trade through their interaction
with practitioners in the sector, adding that
such a gesture would be beneficial to all parties concerned.