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Freight forwarders, customs agents bemoan non-inclusion in FG’s intervention funds

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Freight forwarders, customs agents and provide chain practitioners within the maritime industry collect lamented their non-inclusion in Federal Authorities’s economic intervention funds by the Central Financial institution of Nigeria (CBN) and Financial institution of Exchange (BoI) to maintain personal sector agencies.

They eminent that besides authorities’s failure to comprehend them in palliatives, there modified into once no provide of single-digit loan tailored against their needs in procuring vehicles, affirming warehouses, investing in logistics aided technology adore monitoring devises and bikes for E-commerce transactions to cushion the attain of visitors anxiousness in Lagos.

National President, Affiliation of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agent (ANLCA), Iju Anthony Nwabunike, made the assertion, while handing over his independence day message to freight forwarders, customs brokers and provide chain practitioners.

He entreated the ministries of Finance, Transport, Exchange and Exchange, CBN, Nigeria Customs Carrier (NCS) and others to study them as mavens, who deserve some enhance and no longer honest tax payers, noting that the likely give contrivance of the sector would adversely collect an affect on the nation.

“No intervention programme has been designed for us within the freight forwarding and logistics sector. Our roles within the import, export and provide chain administration has made us well-known contributors to authorities earnings power of attaining over N4tr by the Federal Inland Income Carrier (FIRS) and supporting the NCS in sustaining its N1tr yearly collections,” he acknowledged.

Nwabunike further charged the stakeholders to disclose on the untapped potentials within the nation as mavens and businessmen to enable them to make a contribution to Nigeria’s economic diversification power and scheme the nation Africa’s largest economy by divestment from an oil-dependent nation to a extra viable nation.

He stated the nation’s 60th Independence anniversary occasion can collect to unexcited spur Nigerians to extra certain action for the upper genuine of all compatriots.

“Our expert calling as logistics experts playing well-known roles in E-commerce now requires us to disclose previous clearing cargoes from the ports and be the chain linking of us and agencies collectively,” he acknowledged.


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