In a bid to enforce the provisions of the Act establishing it, the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) has put measures in place to begin enforcement next month.
The council in a statement signed by its Registrar, Mr. Mike Jukwe, said it has set up what it called "CRFFN Enforcement Team" to enforce the provisions of its enabling Act.
According to the statement, the CRFFN Enforcement Team will work with law enforcement agencies from February, 2013 to carry out raids on quacks and those without the identity cards from the nation's cargo ports for prosecution.
Continuing, Jukwe, who is in charge in CRFFN since the dissolution of its Governing Council by the Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar late last year, said: "The maiden register of freight forwarders comprised of all those registered as at December 31, 2012 will soon be published in the Federal Republic of Nigeria Official Gazette.
"Collection of identity cards, which is valid till December 31, 2013 from our offices in Apapa -Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt has commenced. The CRFFN Enforcement Team along with Law Enforcement Agencies will from February, 2013 carry out raids of quacks and those without the identity cards from the nation's cargo Ports for prosecution.
"The practicing licence for the year 2013 is ready for issuance to both individual and corporate registered freight forwarders upon full payment of the 2012 and 2013 annual subscription fees. The fees are payable on the first day of the year but not later than March 31, and in this case, 31st March, 2013. Thereafter, a list of defaulters will be made public and they will accordingly be sanctioned, section 7 of the CRFFN (Annual Subscription and Other Fees) Regulation, 2010 refers".
The statement also gave a breakdown of the categories of CRFFN annual subscription fees. They are staff freight forwarders - N10,000; executive freight forwarders - N20,000; freight forwarding companies - N30,000; and freight forwarding service providers - N25,000.
The council said payment should be made through the CRFFN portal as it is done with the registration fees. "Please, take note that renewal of practicing licence will be subject to participation in the mandatory continuing professional development (MPCD) programme to be held quarterly by the Nigerian Institute of Freight Forwarding (NIFF), which details will be released in due course", the statement added.
CRFFN came into being via Act number 16, 2007. It was enacted on April 30, 2007. The Council is charged with, amongst other responsibilities, regulating and controlling the practice of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria, and promoting the highest standards of competence, practice and conduct among members of the profession.
Its vision is to become Nigeria's leading transport player committed to the development of a modern globally competitive freight forwarding system in Nigeria. According to its vision, the council is dedicated to achieving sustainable economic development in Nigeria through responsible transport initiatives in freight forwarding development and management.