FG mandates CRFFN to commence collection of POF August 1st

Amaechi, Minister of Transportation

The Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) has been given the mandate by the Federal Government to forthwith (August 1st) commence the collection of Practitioners Operating Fees (POF) and the screening of operating customs licences of freight forwarders and customs agents.
Similarly, it has charged the CRFFN to commence collection of Practitioners’ Operating Fee(POF) irrespective of the ongoing agitation from practitioners. It further stated that in compliance with the Federal Executive Order 1,forthwith nobody will be allowed access into the ports and international boundaries without security gate pass.
This directive was given by the Ministry of Transportation in statement on Tuesday, signed by its Permanent Secretary, S. Zakari. It warned that all government agencies and private sector operators at the ports, should comply with the directive.
The statement said that payment of POF is a requirement for the release and delivery of cargoes from the seaports, airports and land border stations.
It stated that in compliance with section 19(1&2) of the CRFFN act, the Nigeria customs Service will ensure that all licenses issued or renewed henceforth will first be cleared by CRFFN upon confirming full payment of registration,annual subscription and POF.
The statement said :”further to the resolutions reached at the stakeholders meeting held on 11th October 2016,the minister hereby informs,the Nigeria Customs Service,All registered Freight Forwarders,All Seaports Terminal Operators,All Airports Cargo Terminal Handlers and the General Public.”
“The CRFFN is hereby authorised to commence the collection of POF from 1st August 2017. ”
It added that the security gate pass will be issued from CRFFN register of freight forwarders and that the customs should ensure compliance with the foregoing too,at the internationally customs recognised land border stations.
The statement with headline Commencement of Collection of Practitioners Operating Fee By Council for the Regulations of Freight Forwarding In Nigeria also stated that “The honorable minister of transportation had approved that collection of POF commences from August 1st 2017,by CRFFN”.

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