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Foreign cargo leaves Nigeria’s ports unloaded

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By Okunloye Abiodun

Since the start of 2022, the nation has seen stagnation in outbound air cargo.

Due to the record of low output in export air cargo experienced at the start of 2022, the Federal Government has stated that its efforts to achieve export-driven economic growth throughout the country could not be achieved anytime soon. According to information provided by the National Bureau of Statistics, outgoing air cargo in the third quarter of 2022, which concluded on September 30, 2022 (Q3’22), reported a small rise of 3 percent, which is N820 million, moving from N30.1 million for the second quarter of 2022 (Q2’22), to N30.92 billion in the third quarter of 2022 (Q3’22).

Despite the fact that the statistics for Q3’22 reflects a rise of 170 percent, which is N19.44 billion, from the N11.48 billion reported in the same period of 2021, Q3’21, the cause of this rise is the Federal Government’s decision to suspend flights because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Additionally, an analysis of the air cargo numbers indicates that inbound cargo also saw a slight increase during the time period, rising to N271 billion, or 5%, surpassing the N256 billion documented in Q2’22.

Majority of inbound airplanes leave Nigeria empty due to export fall.

In comparison to the N375.19 billion reported in Q3’21, the inbound figure shows a significant YoY decline of 28%. According to the statistics as a whole, the majority of airplanes that bring air cargo to Nigeria depart the nation with small or no cargo, indicating that the country has an excessive amount of imports and very few exports. Further analysis of the evolution revealed that air transport accounted for 0.52 percent of local exports and 4.8 percent of overall imports. The re-exportation of goods with a value of N292.30 million was also mentioned in the report. The term “re-exported goods” refers to items of foreign origin that were brought into Nigeria to be consumed but sold to another nation without undergoing significant changes.

According to the report, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, also known as MMIA, ranked fourth among the top five major ports in exports, with commodities having a total value of N29 million. Most export activities were conducted through Apapa Port, which is responsible for the shipment of goods with a total cost of N6 billion, representing 95.21 percent of all exports. Similarly, during the period under consideration, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, as well as Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, were two of the 10 leading posts or ports of trade operation for export. At the same time, Kano Airport and Murtala Muhammed Cargo ranked among the 10 leading import airports.

Africa also recorded a reduction in global passenger and cargo traffic.

Even though Africa is home to over a billion people, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has expressed dissatisfaction with the continent’s unimpressive cargo and passenger traffic. The international body noted that despite the region’s huge population, it only makes up 1.9% of international freight and passenger traffic. Kamil Alawadhi, IATA’s regional vice president for Africa and the Middle East, says this highlights the continued need for improvement in Africa. Lack of intra-African connectedness and impediments to access to the market are primarily responsible for the decline and dismal passenger and freight traffic.

The current African Civil Aviation Commission, AFCAC Pilot Implementation Project (PIP) is a positive development, and if its 17 nations involved engage in and play by the rules, it could serve as a compelling indication to the continent’s remaining 38 nations of the economic, commercial, and social benefits that await. Alawadhi, on the other hand, said that the PIP is a step upward to the Single Africa Air Transport Market (SAATM). SAATM’s fifth freedom of transportation rights is its most appealing feature, but the details matter. They need a shared definition and application of market freedoms. It takes just as much effort to remove additional protectionist tools like inconsistency and discriminatory pricing, and administrative impediments that go against SAATM’s purpose and aims.

Nigeria is working with other international bodies to improve its economy.

In an effort to make up for the shortage of cargo transport, the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) and the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI) of the Netherlands have put together a Market Orientation Mission (MOM) to the Netherlands and France. Dr. Ezra Yakusak, NEPC’s Executive Director/Chief Executive, said the alliance would improve commodity quality through market access, capacity-building, and a Common Facility Centre (CFC). The mission will hold export market access workshops, meet Rotterdam spice buyers, and attend Food Ingredients Europe (FIE) in Paris, France.


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1 year ago

Foreign cargo leaves Nigeria’s ports unloaded – Since the start of 2022, the nation has seen stagnation in outbound air cargo. – Express your point of view.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
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1 year ago

I believe the decision is for the betterment of our country. Nigeria is working with other international bodies to improve and its economy to another level.

Remi1
Remi1
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1 year ago

The Federal Government has indicated that its efforts to establish export-driven economic growth throughout the country could not be achieved any time soon due to the record-low output in export air cargo experienced at the beginning of 2022.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
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1 year ago

The Federal Government has announced that its efforts to promote export-driven economic growth across the country would not be successful in the foreseeable future due to the record-low output in export air cargo experienced at the beginning of 2022.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
Member
1 year ago

It’s unfortunate that the decision made by the federal government to ban flights because of the COVID-19 outbreak is what led to this increase, but it’s true.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
Member
1 year ago

This shows how much work is still needed to be done in Africa. The reduction of abysmal passenger and freight traffic is primarily due to poor intra-African connectivity and market entry barriers.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
1 year ago

It requires the same amount of effort to get rid of additional protectionist instruments like inconsistent and discriminatory pricing, as well as administrative roadblocks, which work against the goals and purposes of SAATM.

Haykaylyon26
Member
1 year ago

Working with other international to improve is the best option so as to get strong to move into another level. record of low output in export air cargo experienced at the beginning of year really affect the promote export-driven economic growth across the country. We need to improve

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
1 year ago

It requires the same amount of effort to get rid of additional protectionist instruments like inconsistent and discriminatory pricing, as well as administrative roadblocks, which work against the goals and purposes of SAATM.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
Member
1 year ago

The SAATM’s fifth freedom of transportation rights is its most alluring characteristic, but the specifics are important, and they require a common understanding of the concept and use of market freedoms.

theApr
theApr
Member
1 year ago

This demonstrates the amount of work that remains to be done in Africa. Poor intra-African connectivity and market entrance hurdles are mostly to blame for the decline in the already pitifully low levels of passenger and freight traffic.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
Member
1 year ago

The best way to get stronger and advance to a higher level is to collaborate with others internationally to develop. The beginning of the year’s record-low export air cargo output has had a significant impact on the promotion of export-driven economic growth nationwide. We must advance.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
Member
1 year ago

Foreign cargo leaves Nigeria’s ports unloaded. We really have to do more for our cargo because to the record of low output in export air cargo experienced at the start of 2022, the Federal Government has stated that its efforts to achieve export-driven

SarahDiv
Member
1 year ago

If our government want to see positive result in air cargo, they should make the country favourable for exporters and enact policies that promote exportation.

DimOla
DimOla
Member
1 year ago

The policies formulated by the federal government is discouraging exportation and productions in Nigeria. Many companies engaged in production and exportation have folded up due this unbearable policies definitely there will be nothing for air cargo. Federal Government needs to review their policies.