The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has said that the Nigerian seaports and border stations are designated and restricted areas for commercial activities where there is need to profile human traffic within the designated areas for security reasons where Freight Forwarders and Customs Licensed Agents are expected to be properly identified.
This was contained in a release signed by Fwdr. Onyeka Ezeonala, Head of Duties NAGAFF Headquarters and sent to MMS Plus Weekly, last week.
According to the release, in keeping to the International Ships and Ports Security (ISPS) Code, practitioners who are not the representatives of Corporate bodies licensed by the Nigeria Customs Service are expected to be properly documented and registered by the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) and Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN).
The document read, “We may not be in a position to protect any Freight Forwarder who is not properly documented, should such person be arrested by Security Agents.
“We encourage every Freight Forwarder to be documented and registered by NAGAFF to avoid being arrested at the Nigerian seaports, airports and border stations in the course of their legitimate duty in the Customs ports and approved border stations. Go now and register with NAGAFF if you have not done so to ensure that your name and profile will be among those
to be submitted to the security groups of the Federal Republic.”
He said the directive was supported by the Hon. Minister of Interior, the Comptroller General of Customs and the Inspector General of Police.