Freight forwarders under the umbrella of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), have threatened to withdraw their services due to a series of extortions by shipping lines operating in Nigeria.
They claimed that as a result of extortion, they lose about N50 million daily.
According to ships&ports, Ibrahim Tanko, National Coordinator of NAGAFF 100 percent Compliance Team alleged that the shipping lines “have been using dubious means to extort freight forwarders”.
This notification on withdrawal of services was addressed to the managing directors of all shipping companies operating in Nigeria.
He accused the shipping lines of depletion of container deposit refunds and the imposition of various other charges including equipment detention charges ranging from N200,000 per 40ft and N100,000 per 20ft containers.
Tanko made a warning that if the issues are not addressed between October 25 and November 11, 2021, freight forwarders would be forced to withdraw their services from the lines.