The Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) on Friday said it had established Freight Forwarders’ Standard Tariff and Billing Template (FFSTBT).
The Registrar of the Council, Mr Mike Jukwe, made the disclosure at a freight forwarding forum held in Lagos.
Jukwe said that FFSTBT was expected to come into force as soon as it received the consent of the Ports Economic Regulator and the approval of the Minister of Transport.
He said that Practitioners’ Operation Fees proposed by the freight forwarders’ associations were also undergoing necessary processes for approval.
“The election guidelines and time-table for the election of registered freight forwarders into the Governing Council of the CRFFN will be released after the approval.
“It has been jointly agreed that the election will commence in June 2015.
“It is not possible for the registrar to run the council in the absence of the Governing Council.
“The registrar was responsible for all the affairs of the council and to the Minister of Transport in the absence of a new Governing council, ‘’Jukwe said.
He said the CRFFN had categorised freight forwarding into several areas of specialisation.
Jukwe said that freight forwarders had been categorised under Brokerage Services, Logistics and Consolidation, Freight Haulage Services, Freight Finance and Insurance Services.
According to him, other categories are Freight Consultancy and Training Services, Supply Chain Management and Registration and Allied Services.
Jukwe said that the council had concluded plans to train 300 freight forwarding practitioners, adding that N300 million would be spent on the programme.
“One hundred and fifty members will be trained in Certificate in Freight Forwarding, 100 members for FIATA Diploma in Freight Forwarding and Logistics (DFFL) and 50 members for FIATA Higher Diploma in Supply Chain Management (HDSCM).
“The Mandatory Continuing Professional Development will be conducted on weekends by the Nigerian Institute of Freight Forwarders (NIFF) in collaboration with the freight forwarding association,’’ he said.