Dr. Aniebonam Wants Private Bonded Operators To Collaborate With CRFFN

Dr Boniface Aniebonam, NAGAFF Founder.

By Sandra Chukwunyere

The founder of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders(NAGAFF), Dr. Boniface Aniebonam has called on the private bonded terminal operators in Nigeria under the umbrella of Bonded Terminal Operators of Nigeria (ABTON) to find it necessary to collaborate with the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) and other freight forwarding associations in Nigeria like the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) and the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) in order to ensure that cargoes arriving into the country are stem at their various bonded terminals that are everywhere in Lagos.
Dr. Aniebonam who spoke at the second Annual National Bonded Terminal/Logistics Conference (ANBTLC 2019) was reacting to concerns raised by the Association of the Bonded Terminal Operators of Nigeria (ABTON) executive secretary, Aare (Ashiwaju) Haruna Omo Ajomo While speaking at the bonded terminal/Logistics conference in Lagos, highlighting the private bonded terminal operators’ numerous challenges in the port industry. 
The event held on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at Rockview Hotel Apapa Lagos was well graced by stakeholders drawn from areas of maritime sector of the economy particularly industry parastatals like Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN), NAGAFF, National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents (NCMDLCA) and numerous others.
According to the NAGAFF founder, the effect that the seaport terminal operators starve the private bonded terminal operators of cargoes thereby making them to run out business,  does not mean they sit down in their offices without sourcing for business.
“I will advise the bonded terminal operators to leave the comfort of their offices and go out and look for business as Seaport terminal operators would not ordinarily stem cargoes to them when they have not had enough for themselves.
Aniebonam however, noted that it not acceptable for them to be saying that. “I chose to disagree with him; they are not supposed to be working ghosts. One, they are private entrepreneur; the government has given them opportunity to operate by the licensing regulation of customs. All they need to do is to gather their acts together. For instance, the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria, the regulatory agency of all freight forwarding in Nigeria, NAGAFF is there for instance offering about five thousand members, ANLCA is there, our sister organization, so, what is the relationship?“The contract of affreightment is very definitive; you say where your cargo is going to. So, if they are lacking cargo, they should enter into synergy with NAGAFF, CRFFN, ANLCA and other subsector operators and then we could simply advise our clients to confirm that the final destination of their cargoes could be any of the bonded terminals and nothing changes that. The importer has the right to say where his cargo will go.“Cargoes are coming and the concessionaires are private operators also, nobody would want to send cargo to you”.
The NAGAFF founder equally counselled these investors (bonded terminal owners) to do the needful. “So, if you are having any grouse against the concessionaires, you are wasting your time because they are private operators who are in business to make money. They are sitting down in the comfort of their offices and blaming everybody, they have to work hard.”

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