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Port operator seeks collaboration between govt. agencies, freight forwarders

Mr Iju Nwabunike, former President of  CRFFN 
 Mr Iju Nwabunike, a former President of
the Council
for Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) has
said freight forwarders
were not getting the desired cooperation from
government agencies.

Nwabunike, who stated this in an interview in Lagos, said
government agencies were not helping the freight forwarders.

 He said
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

do not
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.
“Who told them that? It cannot be, because as a customs officer,
you cannot collect your duty without me sitting down in this
place to raise my draft for treating. 

 “So, how
can he come tell me that you are the person collecting the

“If they
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.
 Nwabunike said the
erroneous belief that freight forwarders were not educated should be corrected,
adding that freight forwarders were intelligent persons with sound mind.

 He described
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
people; those

 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.

 “You have
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,’’
Nwabunike said.

said in Western countries like America and Germany, freight

forwarders were accorded their pride of place as key drivers of the

 He urged the relevant
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.

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