Nigerian freight forwarders lack capacity to deliver cargo timely – CRFFN

Abubakar Tsanni, Chairman CRFFN Governing Board

The Registrar of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) has said majority of Nigerian freight forwarders operating lack capacity for timely cargo delivery affordably.

Barrister Samuel Nwakohu, Registrar of CRFFN, said this in a paper on “The Role of the CRFFN in Cargo Distribution and Logistics Chain Management in Nigeria” at the 2019 National Annual Bonded Terminal/Logistics Conference which had the theme: “Private Bonded Terminal: A Key Player in Cargo Distribution and Logistics Management Chain in Nigeria.”

Nwakohu said that over the years the port operators and users have been facing a lot of challenges and particularly in the quality of services offered by freight forwarders, noting that the ability of a country to provide and deliver goods and services on time at an affordable cost is a major indicator of such nation’s global competitiveness.

“Apparently, majority of freight forwarders lack the capacity for expediting and processing their shipment efficiently. The CRFFN Act was enacted in response to this problem.

“The Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) was established by Act No. 16 2007 of the National Assembly as a regulatory agency under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Transportation. The Council is charged with the responsibility to set standards for education and skills and regulate the practice of freight forwarding with a view to promoting the highest standard of competence and professional practice”.

 “Conventionally, the strategic role of a freight forwarder is to ensure the efficient movement of goods. Section 30 of the CRFFN Act defines the Freight Forwarder as “any person or company who arranges the carriage or movement of goods and associated formalities on behalf of an importer or exporter along the international boundaries of sea ports, cargo airports or land border station,’’ CRFFN Registrar said.

In compliance with the Act, he said “The Council has developed a Register of freight forwarders in the country, grouping them into two major categories; the individual (staff and executive) and the corporate (companies and freight service providers) freight forwarders. Therefore, the Freight Forwarding industry includes all engaged in the business of international shipping and freight logistics. “It is widely acknowledged that human capacity development is one of the key areas for promoting efficiency in cargo movement. Section 4 of the Act charged the Council with the duty of determining the skills and knowledge to be attained by persons seeking to be registered as a Freight Forwarder and raising those standards in accordance with international standards. In compliance with the enabling Act, the Council has set educational standards by developing and implementing courses in Freight Forwarding.’’

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