Lagos - The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has urged the Federal Government to introduce Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) for Nigerian-bound cargoes. The association, which made the call in a statement in Lagos on Monday, said the introduction of the CTN would be for security reasons.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Federal Government suspended the collection of CTN charges by the Nigerian Ports Authority in 2011. NAGAFF said that the latest technique in checking terrorism was to check and stop dangerous goods at the point of origin rather than destination. "It shall be a good policy of the government and for strategic reasons to introduce CTN for all Nigerian-bound cargoes,’’ it said.
According to the statement, the essence of this method include, but not limited to security of the state and revenue due to government. “It is advised that government may consider world class risks managers like Cotecna and Global Scan to track every import coming into the country for negotiated commission. "We believe that this will go a long way in helping our country to manage risks in relation to cargoes imported into Nigeria. "The Americans may be using type `A’ cargo tracking method which has helped them to check external attacks by terrorist groups.
"If the country can not adopt the type `A’ model of CTN, it can use the general model to indicate goods description, quantity and weight with marked seal placed on the imported container. "On Customs and Excise Management Act Amendment Bill in the National Assembly, it is a fact that no government ministry or parastatal can be granted full autonomy. "The best they can get is partial autonomy with a view to reducing time wasted and undue red tape in our endeavour,’’ NAGAFF said.
The association commended the Nigeria Customs Service for recruiting and training young Nigerians to take up responsibility of destination inspection from Jan. 1, 2013. "The customs and the young Nigerians have the capacity to do minor jobs like customs examination, nicknamed destination inspection,’’ the statement said. NAGAFF said that NCS had trained officers to take responsibilities in that regard, adding that the Cabotage regime should be allowed to thrive and mature.