Cargo Transfer Without The Consignee’s Consent: CRFFN Writes SAN

By Maritime Security News

In a defence of the Nigerian freight Forwarders and their principals (the importers), the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) has written to shipping companies operating in Nigeria over what they called “Cargo transfer without the Consent of the Consignee”.
Maritime Security News gathered was based on the numerous complaints of importers through their agent (freight Forwarders).
The letter which was sighted by Maritime Security News was signed by the Registrar of the Council, Barr. Sam Nwakaohu and addressed to the Chairman, Shipping Association of Nigeria (SAN), addressed to the association was meant to address.
The letter which was dated August 4, 2020 reads: “Our attention has been drawn by freight Forwarders of your arbitrary transfer of cargo from the point of original destination to your choice location without the Consent of the freight Forwarders who represent the Consignee.”
Warning the shipping companies  not to continue in breaching the contractual agreement, the council said: “Please be guided that each party in the transport chain is duty bound to respect contractual obligations,” 
The Council said as an agency of the Federal Government and a Representative of the Federal Ministry of Transportation, wants the concerned party to respond on the above issue.”As a regulatory institution, re-presenting the Federal Government,  we will like to seek  your clarification on the above please, the statement reads”
The Council equally informed the stakeholders that they (the council) to work and collaborate with the stakeholders in achieving it’s obligations.”We remain committed to working with stakeholders towards prompting and assuring the ease of doing business in Nigeria.”
A source from the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) which does not want to be mentioned had already noted that this is the type of issues the Council should be tackling.”If the Council is doing this type of thing nobody will complain,” the source stated.

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