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NAGAFF Inaugurates 8 -Man Technical Committee to Re-evaluate APMT Operations, Others Pearl Ngwama

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The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders
(NAGAFF) has inaugurated an 8 -Man Technical Committee to probe into the
performance of the AP Moller Terminals (APMT) and other terminals in
Nigeria.The Committee according to NAGAFF was instituted following the
expiration of the seven days ultimatum it issued the Country Manager
of APMT, Mr. Klaus Laursen, to tender a public apology for falsely
accusing the freight forwarders of being responsible for the present
port congestion in its Terminal.
The Association described the allegation from APMT Manager as a case
of one staying in a glass house and yet throwing stone at the house,
as it maintained that the Terminal has been a clog in the wheel of
achieving the ease of doing business in Nigerian ports.Founder of NAGAFF, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam, while speaking at the
inauguration noted that NAGAFF had a long standing cordial business
relationship with the Company, but that the monthly industrial
appraisal report of APMT’s activities at Apapa should be in relation
to best practices in the international community.

He said the Country Manager ought to be thanking the freight
forwarders for operating in an environment that is not conducive which
the Terminal created instead of accusing  freight forwarders of baing
the reason cargoes were not exiting the ports in Apapa, particularly
APM Terminal.

Dr. Aniebonam accused APMT of transferring containers to outer
terminals without the consent of the owners and without bearing the
consequences of the additional cost and every other
encumbrance that usually arise as a result.His words: “APMT is transferring containers out of the mother ports to
the outer terminals without the consent of the owner or importer and
that is against the contract of afreightment”
“If APMT thinks that freight forwarders are responsible for cargoes
abandoned at the ports or not taken out of the ports as at when due;
then I begin to wonder if they are conversant with Section 31 of the
Customs Law which talks about the dwell time of cargoes and what
happens when such cargoes stay beyond such period at the terminal.
“The new manager just arrived, instead of settling down to study the
situation of things, the port operating environment and what have you;
he decided to make statements that are uncalled for.”Aniebonam therefore charged the Committee to “visit APMT, ask them
questions, let them explain to you, do your investigation and write
your report.”

Chief I. Uche

Iaugurating the committee, the National President of NAGAFF,
Chief Increase Uche, regretted that APMT was one of the terminals that
had not achieved the government’s purpose of concession, hence  the

major reason among others that led the Association
to set up the Technical Committee.Chief Uche corroborated Aniebonam on the many inefficiencies of the AMPT,
hence, NAGAFF according to him, felt slighted by the Country Manager
to raise the issue the freight forwarders had been trying to cover up.He assured that the Association would leave no stone un-turned in
re-evaluating the Terminal as the Committee would do a thorough fact
finding job under two months, adding that the outcome would be channeled to
the appropriate authority.

He said: “NAGAFF High Command has decided to carry out a holistic
re-evaluation and comprehensive assessment of the performance of APMT,
among other terminals.”
“AMPT is one of the terminals that hasn’t achieved the reform purposes
which necessitated the port concession in 2006. It is based on this
fact and other numerous reasons that led to this establishment of this
Committee for this crucial task.”
“Local shipping charges have been on the increase at AMPT despite the
concession. Freight forwarders can attest to the fact that APMT
terminals aren’t user friendly.”
“Their customer service is nothing to write about and the impunity of
the company is disheartening. Recall that recently Nigerian Ports
Authority (NPA) granted waivers to shippers as palliative during the
COVID-19 lockdown; we know what it took us to compel them to obey. We
have been battling with this company because of the highhandedness in
implementation of progressive storage charges, unfriendly business
practices leading importers to utilise other ports.”

In his acceptance speech, the chairman of the Committee, Dr. Aurthur Igwilo

who described their assignemnt as a core duty, expressed their

readiness to work assidiously according to given time frame.

The Committee was given two months to submit its report.
Photo:   4th from left, Dr.B.O. Aniebonam, Chief Increase Uche ,
5th from left standing with other members of the committee

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