By the time Nigeria recovered from a gnawing economic recession, thousands of its citizenry had lost their jobs. At the moment, these set of persons and other unemployed citizenry are seeking for alternate source of income. Paid employments are hard to come by and thus, the best option is for them to become self-employed.
With evolutions in the cyberspace, Nigerians are already porting to the profitable business of importation. The importation business no doubt, had made many millionaires and other members of the Nigerian society involved in the business are literally “living large”.
Though the importation business is profitable, there are some important strategies that need to be in place for it to be actually realized.
It’s no longer news that you can import “from the comfort of your room” but where the problem lies is: How do I get my imported products?
In the importation business, you need freight or clearing agents whose responsibility is to receive and dispatch your imported goods.
In Nigeria today, there are many clearing and forwarding agents in virtually every town in each state of the Nigerian federation.
While clearing agents are responsible for the receipt and delivery of imported products in the country, the forwarding agent is responsible for dispatching products out of the country. For your importation (or exportation) business to succeed, you need clearing and forwarding agents.
If on the other hand, you choose to be a clearing and forwarding agent, there are certain steps you must take to legalize this.
What is traditionally obtainable is the use of “apprentices” for clearing and forwarding. These apprentices attach themselves to clearing and forwarding agents with the aim of learning about the business directly from them.
Though this action seems viable, it is not legalized. In an interview granted to the press in June 2014, the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) frowned at the continual use of apprentices in the business. According to the briefing, the apprenticeship practice is “archaic” and should be abolished.
This shows that the use of apprenticeship method in the clearing and forwarding business is no longer accepted in the business.
Currently, there have been positive developments in the clearing and forwarding industry as trainings are now available for intending clearing and forwarding agents.
These trainings can be obtained through online portals or by registering with accredited clearing and forwarding centers and companies.
The latter is the most viable and you should patronize such. You’re now presented with the list of top 10 clearing and forwarding training centers in Nigeria:
1. Shirams Services Limited
The first clearing and forwarding training center on the list is Shirams Services Limited. Established in 1980, Shirams is one of the best clearing and forwarding training centers in Nigeria. Shirams under the management of Abiola Ajibola with staff strength of 50 is involved in multiple cargo shipments.
You can make contacts with Shirams and ascertain the possibiltity of being an apprentice in their company. Shirams can be contacted through its office address at 14/16 Isolo Way Ajao Estate, off Murtala Mohammed International Airport Road, Isolo in Lagos, Nigeria.
2. DELAR Freight and Logistics
DELAR is another clearing and forwarding company in Nigeria with vast scope. DELAR is duly registered with the Nigerian Customs so it has the required legal backing of engaging in clearing and forwarding services.
DELAR has presence in many seaports across the Nigerian federation and is a viable training center for prospective clearing and forwarding agents.
You can contact DELAR through its office address at 39 Koleosho Street, Ikeja in Lagos, Nigeria or its Head Office at 332 Bombay Crescent, off Talakuta Road, Apapa in Lagos.
3. Valuehandlers International Limited
Valuehandlers (VH) has interest in many clearing and forwarding niches such as Sea and Air Freight, Customs clearing and Cargo delivery. If you’re looking for a clearing and forwarding training center, Valuehandlers is the best pick.
You can contact them and enquire the procedure of enlisting as an apprentice in their company. Their office is at 9 Akilo Road, Cocoa Bus Stop, off Oba-Akran Avenue, Ikeja in Lagos, Nigeria.
We have another clearing and forwarding training center that has presence in Nigeria. That is the clearing company called Shoptomydoor. Shoptomydoor offers varieties of clearing and forwarding activities (courier services inclusive).
To make enquiries, reach them through their address at 5A Banana Close, off Latif Salami Street, Ajao Estate, Isolo in Lagos, Nigeria. Their telephone line is: +2347008008000.
5. Intercontinental Express Logistics Solution Limited
Involved in clearing and forwarding activities, Intercontinental Logistics also accepts entrants who wish to learn about clearing and forwarding.
You can reach them through their telephone line: +2348033341355 or their address at 337b, Royal Assurance Plaza, Charity Bus Stop, Oshodi Isolo in Lagos State, Nigeria.
6. Sunshine Express Cargo Nigeria
You might consider training under Sunshine Express Cargo Nigeria. The company is mostly involved in processing freight into Nigeria.
Their address is at 10 Kaara Street, Ajao Estate in Lagos State, Nigeria. Contact them through their telephone lines: +2349093814545 or +2348060092603.
7. Delight Logistic Nigeria Limited
The 7th training center for clearing and forwarding in Nigeria is the clearing and forwarding company called Delight Logistic Nigeria Limited. The company is located at Nacho Complex, International Airport Road, Ikeja in Lagos State, Nigeria.
Reach them through their telephone line: +2347061090293.
8. Delula Clearing and Forwarding
Delula has interested in the clearing and forwarding business. It has its office at 37, Celestial Avenue, Agility Mile 12, Kosofe in Lagos State Nigeria.
Telephone lines: +2348023615981 and +2348131125687
9. Folarge Auto Global Services
Are you looking for a clearing and forwarding training center with special interest in automobiles? Folarge is one of them. Folarge is located at B35, Federal Low Cost House, Shagari Estate, Ipaja, Alimosho in Lagos State, Nigeria.
Telephone line: +2348058395729
10. M&F Global Express Limited
The last training center for the clearing and forwarding business in Nigeria is M&F Global Express Limited. M&F is specialized in Import and Export freight handling, Haulage, Customs Clearance and other freight diversifications.
Office Address: Plot 3, Aviation Estate, off Murtala Mohammed International Airport Road, Mafoluku, Oshodi in Lagos State, Nigeria.
Telephone lines: +2348170677699 or +2348034081391
As stated earlier, the clearing and forwarding business is quite lucrative and it is only a matter of time before a greater number of enthusiasts will delve into the business.
In order to abolish mere apprenticeship obtainable in the past, there are new ways of mastering the clearing and forwarding business one of which is taking online courses for it.
The second option which involves partnering or getting apprenticed to licensed and duly recognized clearing and forwarding agents/companies is the most viable and efficient way of learning the technicalities of the business.
That birthed the list above and it is hoped that you’ll get in contact with any of the companies listed above for enquiries on becoming a partner.Click here to see the latest Jobs opportunities in Nigeria.
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