It’s wickedness to punish a transporter for an offence he did not commit, CNRFF tells Customs


The Concerned Nigerian Registered Freight Forwarders, CNRFF has thrown its weight behind industry’s haulage and packaging partner, the Council of Maritime Transport Unions and Associations, COMTUA and the Association of Maritime Truck Owners, AMATO on their demand for justice for the transporters whose over 100 trucks and other vehicles were impounded by the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS.

The trucks and other means of conveyance were detained by the Service for allegedly being used to carry contraband.

In a statement by its Convener, Dr. Basil Nwolisa in Lagos on Monday, the pressure group said it amounts to wickedness for the transporters to be punished for an offence they didn’t commit adding that in most cases, the importers and their agents conspire with the officials of the NCS to release contraband on a false name and tariff number whereas what was in the container was contraband or a case of underpayment.

CNRFF, however, urged the organizations to appeal to the appropriate authorities for the release of their detained vehicles or seek redress in the court of law.

“There’s no way a transporter will take responsibility for cargo he did not participate either in its examination or release”, the group said.

Photo: Dr. Basil Nwolisa, Convener, Concerned Nigerian Registered Freight Forwarders, CNRFF.

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