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THE President of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Mr. Eugene Nwoke has urged port operators to work toward the 48-hour cargo clearance in 2011.

Nwoke told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos at the weekend  that the operators should strive toward the target before the end of third quarter of 2011.

“The 48-hour cargo clearance has been a laudable concept since it was introduced by the Federal Government in 2007.

'From that year till date, we have been trying to actualise this very laudable vision,' Nwoke said. The president said that apart from sun clearance, increase in cargo clearance charges was another issue that needed to be addressed.

He blamed the increase in cargo clearance charges on government's concession programme, saying that  concession did not pave way for competition.

'Port has been an area where people just increased cargo clearance charges without considering the multiplier effect on the end users,' he said.