The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has expressed disappointment over the blocking of its members’ operating licenses by the Post Clearing Audit department of the Nigeria Customs Service.
The association made its position known in a letter signed by its Secretary General, Dr. Arthur Igwilo, addressed to the Comptroller-General of Customs, Retired Col. Hameed Ali, and made available to newsmen in Lagos.
NAGAFF, in the letter, faulted the post clearance audit unit of the customs for harassing them over general cargo, which must have been duly cleared and released from the ports by the customs itself.
The association, however, said that following the legal provisions on the duty of the unit, it was only allowed to re-search consignments cleared on a ‘fast-track’ platform, which is originally meant to facilitate trade by virtue of large volumes involved.
It called on the customs boss to act fairly, by carrying out proper investigation, and punish parties (agents and customs operatives) found to be conniving to defraud government of revenue due it.
NAGAFF also used the medium to express its desire that the licensing regulation of Customs be expunged in the new Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) to give way for CRFFN regulation and control of freight forwarders.