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MemberSeptember 19, 2021 at 10:32 am
I have been in this industry for some time and I know the trends. More awareness for local cargo transportation is being created and if you go to the local airports, you will notice that cargo facilities are being built. Also clients are beginning to go into agreements with cargo agents to transport cargo within Nigeria, it is an aspect of the business that is beginning to grow. Don’t forget that road transport companies have already built up capacity in that aspect and airlines can do the same by tapping into this growing sub sector and dedicating smaller aircraft just for the movement of cargo within the country.
We are having issues with how people move cattle from one part of the country to the other but since we have airports that are spread across Nigeria, you can kill the cow in the north and that same day, it can be packaged, delivered to Lagos and sold. These are business ideas and airlines can key into it.
In the aspects of exports, the problems we have has to do with the fact that as a country, for many years, we were only interested in consumption and not production because of the oil we have. Even when we have agricultural products, you would discover that sometimes, it gets spoilt because there was no interest in exporting it. But people are now understanding that the new oil is agro exports and if you want to earn foreign exchange, you must export and because of that, export is growing. At the time we were building our warehouse, the demand was for import but now, more people are exporting, that’s why we telling the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), to give us more land because we need to expand. We have seen that the demand for export is increasing and at the moment, our ready market is basically the West African region but we still need to do more on packaging and to ensure we meet the recommendations of the countries we want to export to.
For us a ground handling companies, we are ready and building up capacity to ensure that as export increases, we would be there to offer our services. But at the end of the day, the most important thing is to have the space that we would need for expansion.