By Innocent Orok
Talod Ocean Airfreight Limited , a company own by Fwdr. Aare Hakeem Olanrewaju , the second board Chairman of the Council for Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) has won the 2021 World Customs Organisation (WCO) merit award. The award was given to him by Mr Kunio Mukuriya the Secretary General of the WCO.
The World Customs Organization Certificate awards is an international recognition via merits awards for private organizations endorsed by the National Customs having obtain a clean bill of professional practices by the FIATA for outstanding trade compliance , qualitative logistics services and participation in the global trade initiative programs; which in the local parlance is referred to as COMPLIANT DECLARANT/TRADER.
The WCO CERTIFICATE of MERIT is one International award every duly established professional freight forwarding firms or practitioners aspires and look forward to earn in the course of their professional career.
Recall that, each year, during the International Customs day cerebration, national Customs are encouraged to nominate a national organization who meets the stipulated criteria to represent Nigeria private sector in this category merit certificate award. As stated in the Certificate award, it is in recognition for: “RENDERING EXCEPTIONAL SERVICES TO THE INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMS COMMUNITIES”.
The award was presented by the Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali (rtd) to Aare Hakeem Olanrewaju at the just concluded International Customs Day Celebration, held in Abuja, the Nigeria capital.
Aare Hakeem Olanrewaju in his appreciation remarks, thanked the WCO and the NCS for considering his company worthy of this merit award. He equally thanked and commended his company management team, and dedicated the award to the young freight forwarders who are aspiring for professionalism and International best practices in all strata of the maritime industry. He encourages them not to relent.
Meanwhile, the CONGREGATION OF REGISTERED FREIGHT FORWARDING PRACTITIONERS OF NIGERIA (CREFFPON) ( Not an association, but a voluntary Salvage Movement to restore professionalism by willing Registered Freight Forwarders with the CRFFN), has congratulated Aare Olanrewaju for winning the WCO merit award for 2021.
Their message was contained in a statement which reads.
“The entire CREFFPONISTS, heartily Congratulates the 2nd Pioneer Governing Council Vice Chairman, 1st GC and the Governing Council Chairman 2nd GC of the CRFFN RFFI 00002 over the merit Certificate award conferred on his company TALOD OCEAN AIRFREIGHT, by. Mr Kunio Mukuriya the Secretary General of the WORLD CUSTOMS ORGANIZATION.
“MR CHAIRMAN YOUR AWARD IS A SIGNAL THAT THERE IS STILL HOPE FOR THE NIGERIA FREIGHT FORWARDING PROFESSION. By this award your firm now ranked among the globally recognized “COMPLIANT DECLARANT AGENT/TRADER”.
” To all of us in CREFFPON we congratulate you and feel motivated to aspire for professional excellence. Understandably, with past awards from the FIATA & TIACA you are obviously worthy and emulatable leader in the freight forwarding profession. From all the CREFFPONISTS accept our congratulations”.