Freight forwarders threaten action against PTML over access into terminal

 … seek intervention of NPA, Shippers’ Council

NAGAFF Founder, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam(2nd from Right) addressing newsmen 

The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has threatened actions against the Port and terminal Multiservices(PTML) over issues of fees for access card for freight forwarders.

Founder of NAGAFF, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam, weekend at a news briefing, condemned the actions of the terminal operator for requesting additional access card into the PTML terminal after the approved port access card issued by the Nigerian Ports Authority.
He said the association would move to “stop the seeming fraud at the Port and Terminal Multiservices Ltd (PTML) occasioned by illegal collection of access card fees in their terminal.”

Furthering  its resolve to engage the terminal against the access card fees, NAGAFF  also issued a statement that it would lead other freight forwarders and customs brokers to form a coalition to address the issue with PTML.

The association said the action of the terminal, which it said had been complained of to the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), contravened the policy on ease of doing business and short of the expectations of the stakeholders.

NAGAFF  said that it was weird  and unlawful for the terminal to impose fees on  freight agents who are authorised by law to have access to terminals in the course of doing their legitimate business.

It emphasized that “the Hon. Minister of Transport, Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Ameachi, had signed into effect and directed that access into the port’s terminal for the Freight Forwarders requires CRFFN identification supported by the approval of the Nigerian Ports Authority. 

“It is to our knowledge that it is only NPA that can collect administrative charge for the issuance of port passes.  It is therefore to the contrary that a terminal operator should impose an illegal charge with regard to access into the port.  In reality what PTML management is doing is like asking lawyers to pay fees before they could enter court room.”

Calling on the authorities of the NPA, and the Nigerian Shippers’ Council to address the issue with the terminal for the benefit of ease of doing business at the ports, the association added that “it is our expectation forthwith that the Enforcement Unit of Nigerian Ports Authority and Nigerian Shippers’ Council should move in to dismantle the illegal fees being collected by PTML about 10years ago.”