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Access into PTML Terminals must be free, says NAGAFF

Following the disagreement
over requirement for entry into Ports and Terminal Multiservices Ltd. (PTML)
Terminals, the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF)
has restated its position that the “PTML Management respect the Ports Order’s
on matters of access control.”

 In a statement, Founder of
NAGAFF, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam, said the focus of the association’s agitation
remained that the terminal follows the Port Order as directed by the Minister
of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, for all Freight Forwarders to gain access into
the ports and terminals in the course of their legitimate profession.
He argued that all freight
forwarders with identification card issued by the Council for the Regulation of
Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) with the approval of Nigerian Ports
Authority (NPA) being the Chief Security Officer of the seaports and terminals
should enter the terminal to carry out their legitimate businesses, adding that
it was a breach of the Port Order for the terminal to only admit agents based
on Form C30 of the Licensed Customs Agents.
He advised that the PTML management
should adopt the Register of Freight Forwarders as compiled by CRFFN for the
purposes of access control responsibilities, and listed the association’s
demands thus:
1.   Access
into the terminal should be free
2.   Any
administrative cost should be paid to NPA as the landlord of the port in line with
Ports Order.
3.  Access control
measures should continue to exist without hindering access to Customs Officers
on duty and other related service providers connected to cargo clearance
out of Customs control in PTML.
4.  PTML is being
encouraged to differentiate its security zone from the users end in accordance
with international best practice on ports management and administration.
5.  That PTML
should seek and obtain the register of Freight Forwarders of
Nigeria under the control and
regulations of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria
(CRFFN) to enable her seamless access control measures.
6.  That a Freight
Forwarders mini cargo village be provided to enhance shelter against scorch
from sun and during rainy season for all Freight Forwarders and Licensed
Customs Agents operating at PTML/Grimaldi.
However, since the beginning
of the faceoff between the association and the terminal concerning access
allowed  the freight forwarders, the
management of PTML has insisted that its control measures for access into the
terminal is done in line with the provisions to secure the facility.

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