The support of freight forwarding association to the newly increased charges by Ports & Terminals Multi Services Limited(PTML) management has attracted the irk of , Congregation of Registered Freight Forwarding Practitioners of Nigeria(CREFFPON)
The Group faulted the emerging approach adopted by the PTML to smuggle its charges into the industry as a bait for other Terminal operators to follow shortly.
CREFFPON observed that, a few days ago, it was reported that the same company in partnership with the NPA has in line with the ISPS CODE compliance measure, once again, displaced the freight forwarders from their respective stands in the command , an act which it viewed as victimization and intimidation..
The Group in a statement endorsed by its Administrator, Chief Chukwudire Obi and made available to newsmen said, ”CREFFPON read an online news piece as caption above, reporting that the freight forwarders restate support for PTML terminal over its new charges.
”First, the CREFFPON wishes to ask; where is the nation’s economic regulator in this scheme of industry unfolding events and ideals?
”The CREFFPON understands, that in an Ideal environment, the leaders of the freight forwarders association are to take or report such notice to the economic regulator, who after preliminary consultation, in turn set up an enlarged Committee meeting to review the upward charges, inclusive of the inputs of the freight forwarders representatives”..
”Advicely, the Creffpon wishes to remind the PTML of the existence of the CRFFN and the NSC enabling legislative instruments”, it said.
They however reminded the chapter leadership that the terminal operators,, are in a league in Nigeria to promote their profitization interests over and above industry interest.
The Organisation argued that, it had never been the duty of the freight forwarders leaders to negotiate the increase in port charges without recourse to due process”..
”However, if such meeting was aimed to galvanized tactical supports prior to the revisit or intervention of the economic regulator on the proposed increments, which procedurally should be accompanied by a NOTICE, then needless making the meeting at this point public, as it will amount to pre-emptive of a decision”..
”The negative impact of port charges on the consuming public must be taken into consideration at all times. As such our actions and inactions are apt in this regard”.
”The CREFFPON hereby opine that, such meeting the leadership had with the management may be strategic to salvage the unforeseen, but it should have been at the instance of the shippers council as lay down in the concession agreements. Leadership must not be innocently used to perpetuate industry extortion in the name of mitigating against industry high-handedness .
”The CREFFPON would like to reaffirm that increments in port charges are done with consideration to critical variables to determine measurable cost functions in line with the specifics of the consumer price index.”.
”We all know too well that, in our port’s present industry supply chain, competition has seemingly taken a flight and can not be said to have thrived in the real sense of its letters”..
”The reason for this being that, notably, few months after the commencement of the concession regime, the foreign and local investors floated an association and that was the day port competition, measurable investment profile, efficiency, port operational performance indicators and performance re-evaluation was buried in our port system”..
”It has never been reported anywhere in the world, that a foreign investors shifted it’s agreement goals and that of channeling concentration towards improving and adding value in port operations as agreed to opt for or concentrate more on association politicking with the government agencies, a fundamental error it is in any port industry”, It concludes
It therefore urged the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC). the Port economic regulator to rise up to its regulatory obligations and act swiftly to avert industry nuisance timely..