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Aniebonam Warns Against Cargo Clearance Using 3rd Party Identity

BY GBOGBOWA GBOWA

Father of Nigeria modern freight forwarding practice and founder, National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Dr. Boniface Aniebonam has called on members of the association and all freight forwarders and customs brokers in the country to desist from using their personal or company names in the clearance of cargo.

The respected freight forwarder and high profile player in Nigerian politics advised that in the event of trade disputes unless the importers’ names is what is used in clearance documentations, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), would most logically hold freight forwarders responsible for any observed revenue discrepancies, and warned practitioners to become more discerning to avoid risk of identity responsibility.

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Aniebonam who was speaking on the backdrop of the implementation of the NCS proposed Revenue Recovery Committee (RRC) aimed at addressing un-utilised Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR) and revenue losses cautioned freight forwarders accustomed to using their personal companies for Form M registration and PAAR acquisition on behalf of their clients, to change their approach, as the NCS can hold them accountable.

Addressing members of the association during its recent engagement, Aniebonam said, “It is essential for all NAGAFF members to act promptly to avoid facing potential consequences once the committee commences its operations. We urge all NAGAFF members to discharge all pending transactions in the ports and halt inward bound cargoes registered under their personal companies. Doing so will help mitigate any adverse effects once the revenue recovery committee is fully operational.

“As the logistics industry prepares for the committee’s establishment, NAGAFF remains steadfast in its commitment to supporting its members in navigating this new regulatory landscape. With adequate preparation and proactive measures, freight forwarders can help uphold the integrity of the trade sector while ensuring the continued success of their businesses.”

The indefatigable founder of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), known for his proclivity in the freight forwarding practice, is regarded highly as a beacon of the collective good, passionate about progress, partnership, mutual benefits and generally regarded as an authority in the nation’s freight sub sector.

 

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