10,000 Nigerian freight forwarders “to lose jobs to foreign counterparts”

Tincan Port [Photo Credit: nationalmirroronline.net]

The Shippers Association, Lagos State, said on Monday that 10,000 indigenous freight forwarders might lose their jobs as some foreign shipping lines had taken over freight forwarding business.

The president of the association, Jonathan Nicol, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

He said the issue of dominance of Nigerian freight forwarding business came up in 2015 and was resisted by freight forwarders.

“We feel that freight forwarders are an integral part of our business and we provide jobs for them regularly.

“They are licensed by Nigeria Customs Service yearly and if foreign shipping lines will want to take their jobs, I think it should be resisted,” the shipper told NAN.

He said the foreigners had taken over almost all the processing of cargo clearance at the ports, leaving their Nigerian counterparts idle.

Mr. Nicol said the foreign shipping lines could not go to Cotonou, Republic of Benin, and attempt to take freight forwarding job from the citizens.

According to him, if they try such in Republic of Benin, they would be chased away.

“I believe that freight forwarding in Nigeria should be an exclusive business to Nigerians as it is done in the Republic of Benin,”

He said it was sad that some Nigerians serve as “fronts” to the foreign shipping lines.

Mr. Nicol urged freight forwarders to come together and fight the foreign firms, making inroad into the system.

He advised that the Federal Government should exhume the Indigenisation Policy to protect Nigerians from “imminent massive job loss” in freight forwarding business and the port industry as a whole.

Mr. Nicol suggested that the government should immediately commence investigation and institute sanctions against foreigners taking over freight forwarding business from Nigerians.



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  • Du Covenant

    We are our own enemies because there is nothing done by Nigerians that functions as it should be so that others can copy. We spoil everything we touch, whay should they go to Benin when the people there take their responsibilities serious and do what is just right?. Just look at how our country looks like 55 getting to 56 yrs after independence?. We have all there is Nigeria to have bulit a first class nation but, the whole country is a mess!. From this perspective I Welcome foreigners in to bring sanity into our ports or teach us how to do things right if we are willing to learn anything at all. I have cleared my few belongings at Tin Can Island and I have first hand experience of the unbelievable madness that goes in there, I have also tested clearing a few things from Cotonou, boy, what a contrast even though we share border and we are all black Africans for that matter. Once you pay what the laws requires you to pay, no hinderances and your goods are out!. In Nigeria you never, ever know how much you are going to pay in the first place and everything is a total nightmare. You the so called freight forwarders/clearing agents are errant boys of the very corrupt Nigerian customs, have been part of the rot in Nigerian ports for years, it is time for you to go and farm or do something else with your lives. I pray and hope this works out so Nigerians can use their ports and not have to go through other countries because of your nasty attitude. You are crying of protection, look at how the Nigerian oil marketers sabbotage the entire country, will rather take their products to neighbouring countries while the rest of us can go to hell, why should government protect such businesses just because they are Nigerian?. You must show a sense of patriotism to your country and love for your fellow citizens to deserve any protection from government as a business. I rest my case!.

  • PolyGon2013

    Perhaps you deserve to loose your job (the freight forwarders). It is frustrating to get anything through Nigeria ports. So, why are you crying now? Maybe we need a foreigner to do the job for us first.

  • Burbank

    Buhari should thrown the freight forwarding sectors wide open to all potential interested parties, foreign and locals.
    The poor state of the current freight forwarding sector now is due to the pathetic, poorly-managed, arrogantly-run and expensively-price freight forwarding business by most locals.
    Open competition will soon bring the bad apples out of business as local customers avoided them and left only the professionals, local or foreign, to survive a customer-friendly service sector.
    Foreign-owned DHL, FedEX and UPS had done tremendously well globally and yet our locals cried for help to continue their terrible state of business, that preyed on Nigerians with their unhealthy services.

  • 678

    The vultures and vampires in our ports are now crying and lamenting the unexpected takeover of foreign companies that don’t rob us, force our goods to demurrage, or seize them. God has shamed those cursed Nigerians that are always out to reap where they didn’t sow and make the lives of their Nigerian counterparts miserable.
    let all the Nigerian freight forwarder loose their jobs. They are all good for nothing bunch of thieves.

  • scimitar

    Indictment of us Nigerians. Our Service Delivery is horrible . Only the banks are fairing better.