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By Godwin Oritse

The Executive Secretary / CEO of the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), Hassan Bello, has said that a well-structured freight practice will control quarks and decongest the industry.

He regretted the proliferation of quacks and the lack of professionalism in the cargo transportation industry, saying the country needs only a few well-capitalized cargo agents.

Bello, who stated this while speaking to journalists in Abuja last week, said the freight business needs to be restructured in order to streamline both operators and standard services.

He stated: “Working with freight forwarders has exposed us to many important things. They are vital for port operations, also truckers. But cargo transportation must be professionalized and consolidated.

“There are so many people in cargo transportation. A container can have up to 20 people following it. So we have to reform that important profession. ‘‘ Many of them are focused, but we have told them they must be restructured. You must reform or they send you. ‘‘ There must be consolidation. They have to join. We need about 10 freight forwarders and they must have the right capital, “he said.

Remember that the Federal Government established the Council for Cargo Transportation in Nigeria (CRFFN) to regulate and disinfect the practice of cargo transportation and regulate freight forwarders. The Council is charged, among other responsibilities, with regulating and controlling the freight transport practice in Nigeria, and with promoting the highest standards of competition, practice and conduct among operators.

In reaction to the development, the former immediate president of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA, Prince Olayiwola Shittu, said that the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, does not license individuals but rather corporate organizations as agents. load.

The method for people to register with the Council for the Regulation of Freight Transportation in Nigeria, CRFFN, was not the best way to go.

He said: “It is not feasible to restructure the cargo transportation industry so that they only have ten companies in practice, it is like telling me that we only need 100 lawyers to handle all cases in Nigeria.

“The solution to dissuading people from portraying themselves as agents on behalf of the freight forwarder is that if you don’t work at a company licensed by Nigerian Customs, you can’t be a freight forwarder.

“If it is applied, it will solve the problem because ninety percent of the people who roam the port on behalf of CRFFN are not cargo agents because Customs does not grant licenses to people”

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