On July 9, 2012 ? In Finance

BY LAWANI MIKAIRU & DANIEL ETEGHE

Over 500 freight forwarders under the aegis of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Custom Agents (ANCLA) and the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF)   last Tuesday  defiled the heavy rain  as they protest  the increase of clearing fee allegedly imposed on them by the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company plc, Nahco at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Lagos.

The protest is coming just two weeks after the agents had down tools following the plan by the Federal Government to evacuate them from the cargo village at the airport.

Speaking at the Nahco office, Vice Chairman of ANCLA, Mr. Tope Akindele said that after the two weeks that the agents went on strike over the planned evacuation by the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) , the Nacho officials came up with new charges on the goods which they already have in their warehouses claiming that they should pay for both the storage of the goods as well as demurrage.

He further noted that  Nacho was wrong  to increase fees paid on goods.  The agents were paying N8,50k per kilo on goods but this has been increased by Nacho  to  N41,00 per kilo on goods and no justification for the increase.

Also speaking, the Chairman of NAGAFF, Mr. Segun Musa said ?what we are fighting for is not for our personal interest but for the interest of the generality of Nigerians and most especially the importers.The charges imposed on us by the Nacho officials will definitely affect and cripple the economy because most of these charges will bear on the goods after clearing and get to the market while the consumer will be at the receiving end of it all.?

Mr. Musa further stressed that the charges imposed by Nacho on the clearing agents was not the problem but added that they did not have anything on ground to justify the money accrue to Nacho.

He however noted that the Commissioner of Police Airport Command had gone into a close door meeting with the agents to see how they would resolve the matter with the Nacho officials.

According to him,?what we are asking for now is for Nahco to give us a waiver for the two weeks that we went on strike and that is all that we want Nahco to do for us so we hope that by this week everything would have been resolved amicably?

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