CRFFN May Deregister 3 Freight Forwarding Groups


The Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) is set to strike out the names of three freight forwarding associations from its register.

The Council recently told newsmen that the deadline that was given to the three associations by its registration committee expired in August and that the only option left is to remove the names of the organisation from its register.

P.M.NEWS confirmed that the affected associations are the National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents, Association of Registered Freight Forwarders (AREFF) and National Association Air Freight and Consolidators (NAFAC).

The development comes on the heels of the Council’s final registration of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF). But AREFF apparently aware of what is likely to befall it, last week filed a suit at a Lagos court to challenge the registration of NAGAFF.

The President of the association, Dr Frank Ukoh confirmed the development said the action was based on the fact that CRFFN waived the criteria for NAGAFF.

“Yes, we took CRFFN to court, we are saying that they have deviated from the conditions they gave us, they went and signed an MoU with one association, there are now too different criteria for registration, one for one association and one for others and we say that all the associations are registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission and they have equal rights,” he explained.

Though the AREFF president denied knowledge of the impending deregistration, he confirmed receipt of a letter from CRFFN to the effect that its team is coming over for verification of the current status of the association.

It was confirmed that the six months deadline that was given by CRFFN to the associations had expired on August 16, a source even told P.M.NEWS that “the three associations showed no signs that they were working towards meeting the criteria”.

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