13 July 2014

Nigeria: Clearing Agents Lose N150 Million Over Crisis With Int'l Airline

Lagos — As the crisis between clearing agents at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos and the Association of Foreign Airlines Representatives of Nigeria, (AFARN)deepens with no signs of early resolution, sources close to the agents said the body may have lost close to N150 million to the feud.

This is just as the meeting held between the agents and AFARN ended up in deadlock last week.

The Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents ( ANLCA) and National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders(NAGAF) are battling the AFARN over what they termed illegal collection by international cargo airlines from their members.

The crisis has led to the grounding of cargo business at the international wing since last week and still continue till today, as efforts allegedly made by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)for early resolution failed.

Foreign cargo airlines had asked clearing agents to pay additional charges on imported cargoes, termed as 'administrative' charges, a development the agents rejected.

A source close to the agents said, because of the crisis, their members have lost close to N150 million.

The source further explained that clearing agents baring any crisis make close to N22 million per day from the international airports in the country.

He added that the crisis is not limited to international wing of Lagos airport, where the bulk of the money comes but that Abuja, Kano, Port Harcourt and lately, Enugu international airports are affected by the feud.

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