Agents snub council over professional fee

The Registrar of Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN), Sir Mike Jukwe, is worried over his inability to persuade members of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) to pay the controversial professional operating fee (POF).

He said that it would be difficult to collect the controversial fee at the seaports, airports and borders without the cooperation of the association.
According to him, ANLCA’s opposition has stalled collection of the fee.

Jukwe, who appealed to the customs agents at a meeting of the association in Port Harcourt, urged the association to shift their ground.
The registrar had initially dared the customs agents but suddenly made a u-turn.

It would be recalled that ANLCA recently accused Jukwe and the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, of violating a Federal High Court order, which directed that status quo be maintained pending determination of a case instituted by the association.

The agents had complained that the fee would increase the cost of doing business at the port.
CRFFN is expected to generate N10 billion annually from the imposition of N1, 000 on every imported twenty-foot container and N2, 000 on every forty-foot container.
It was also gathered that CRFFN would also collect N1,000 per truck load of general cargo, N500 per imported car and N1,000 on other types of imported vehicles.

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