Africa: Stakeholders setup technical committee at Chinet to develop aviacargo guidelines


Stakeholders at the just concluded Chinet 2022 Aviation and Cargo Conference have setup a committee to develop a guideline for the aviacargo industry in the country.

The event which held at the Lagos Marriott Hotel Ikeja brought together captain of industries in the aviation and insurance sectors in the country to produce a workable guideline for the aviarcargo sector.

The communiqué put by the stakeholders at the event reads:


The 2nd CHINET Aviation Cargo Conference was a follow-up to and an evaluation of the impact and achievement of the resolutions reached in the 1st CHINET Conference held in 2021. The attendance like the first was qualitatively robust and the discussions frank and insightful. The conference emphasized the need for the public and private sectors to collaborate to finding a lasting solution to the challenges militating against aviation cargo business in Nigeria.

Among the notable speakers, topics presented and discussants/panelists in the conference included:
1. Financing Export and Aviacargo Business in Nigeria
Speakers and Panelists:
Obinna Anyaegbu: CEO Chisco logistics
Dr. Alex Nwuba: President Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of Nigeria
Anny Chigbo: Airstream Aviation Services Ltd. Associate member (World Free Zones)
Efosa Ighodaro: Founder/CEO, Hashgreed, Paper Presentation: (The Proof of Commerce: How Blockchain can help Government agencies enhance export trade, documentation and certification in the 21st Century)

3. Farouk Salim: DG, Standard Organisation Of Nigeria (SON) represented

4. ‘The role of Insurance Regulation in growing aviation and cargo business in Nigeria’.
Paper Presenter – Mr. O. S. Thomas. Commissioner for Insurance (Represented by Leonard Akah)
Discussants –
Mr. Edeki Isujeh, The MD of Custodian And Allied Insurance Ltd.
Mr. Ganiyu Musa, The MD of Cornerstone Insurance Plc.
Mr. Shola Ajibade, Director (Operations) FBS Reinsurance

5. “The role of Insurance in growing aviation and cargo business in Nigeria”
Paper presenter – Ms. Adetola Adegbayi. ED Leadway Assurance Company Ltd.
Discussants –
Mr. Kunle Ahmed, MD Axa Mansard Insurance Plc.
Mr. Amadin Eghianruwa, MD Icons Insurance Brokers Ltd.
Mr. Jimalex Orjiako, Divisional Director, Technical– Consolidated Hallmark Insurance

6 The Impact of Accident Investigation on the growth of Aviation in Nigeria
By. Akin Olateru: Commissioner, Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB)

8. Developing a National Aviacargo Guide.
By Captain Rabiu Yadudu, MD/CE, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN)

9. The Role of Cargo Airports in the Growth of AgroExports and Aviacargo Business in Nigeria.
Capt. John, T. Okakpu: MD/CEO ABX World.

10. Improving the Processes of Aviacargo Business in Nigeria.
Other speakers and discussants were

Prof. Adesoji Adesugba: Managing Director, Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority, NEPZA (represented)

Basil Agboarumi: MD/CEO SAHCO Plc

Bosun Solarin: Export Group Chairman, Lagos State Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Dr. Favour Obiogoro, National Quarantine Services NQS (The Role Of Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (Naqs) In The Growth And Development Of A National Aviacargo Masterplan For Nigeria)

Adigun Olaniyi: (Moderator), Director of Sales & Marketing, SAHCO PLC

Kingsley Nwokoma: President Association of Foreign Airlines and Representative in Nigeria

Amos Akpan: Managing Director, Flight & Logistics Solutions Ltd

Christopher Isaiah: General Manager, Commercial. GHI Assets Limited.

Mr Ndom Effiong Joseph: Assistant Director, National Agency For Food And Drug Administration And Control (NAFDAC). (The Role of NAFDAC in the Growth and Development of a National AviaCargo Master plan)

Group Capt. John Ojikutu (rtd): Aviation Security Consultant and Secretary General, Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative.

Mr. Samuel Oyeyipo: Regional Coordinator, NEPC

Engr. Ade Akinsanya: Commissioner of Works and Infrastructure, Ogun State

Mr. Olufemi Kayode, ANLCA (How Association Of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) Mmac Chapter Can Help To Deliver A National Aviacargo Export Masterplan For Nigeria, And The Major Challenges Facing Exporters.)

At the end of the intensive two days deliberations the conference resolved as follows:
1. Supported the call of the MD/CE of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to set up a Technical Committee made up of representatives from stakeholders in Aviation Cargo chain to develop “An Aviation Cargo Guideline” to chart an implementable and seamless cargo processing guide to ease aviation cargo facilitation and increase cargo volume and traffic. The Committee was set up and membership includes the representatives from the Aviation regulator NCAA and FAAN.

Other members nominated at the event are Dr. Favour Ubiogoro from the Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Services (NAQS), Pharmacist Mrs. Kelechi Nwude from the National Food and Drugs Administration and Control NAFDAC, Engr. Olalekan Omoniyi from the Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON), Nze Augustine Onyekwelu from the Nigerian Export Processing Zone Authority (NEPZA), Mr. Samson Oyeyipo from the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC),

Others in committee also include: Mrs. Bosun Solarin from the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Export group, Mr. Olufemi Kayode from the Association of Nigerian Licensed Custom Agents (ANLCA), Mr Olaniyi. Adigun from SAHCO PLC, a cargo handling Company, Kingsley Nwokoma of CargoLux representative for Foreign Cargo Airlines, Alex Nwuba of Association of Pilots and Aircraft owners Association of Nigeria, Amos Akpan of Mainstream Logistics representing Foreign Cargo Consolidators, Jafari Idris of Sabreen Cargo, Ehis Multisystem representing Domestic Cargo Consolidators, Captain John Okakpu of ABX worldwide representing Agrocargo Exporters and Mr. Ikechi Uko, organizer of CHINET Aviacargo conference. The FAAN representatives are Mr. James Shallangwa, Obiora Udoyeh and Hycienth Ngwu.

The Committee is expected to harmonise the points raised by the different Speakers and produce a guideline that can be implemented in the Short-term and subsequently upgraded into a growth plan for the industry. The Guideline should be delivered in 90days.

2. To urge local airline operators to create more local routes to move cargo, particularly perishable farm produce to areas of demand, to curtail food shortages and inflation. This will also increase the wealth of farmers and those in the distribution chain.

3. Urged the Federal Government to strengthen the ease of doing cargo business through fostering collaboration and streamlining the various agencies in cargo facilitation in the airports. This will also eliminate the challenge of duplication of charges and turn-around time in the facilitation.
4. The Insurance companies were urged to dedicate more funds in financing aviation cargo.

Financing Export and Aviacargo Business in Nigeria
1. Banks are tepid about the aviation sector, particularly at this time of many challenges.
Airlines and air cargo exporters need to look at alternative solutions such as proposed by Chisco for asset lease.
Airline may need to assess web 3.0 for funding, this includes asset securitization, including non fungible tokens NFT’s and security tokens.
The Role of Cargo Airports in the Growth of AgroExports and Aviacargo Business in Nigeria
1) QR Code Card registration of all farmers and those in the agricultural value chain.
2) Global GAP traceability, training and certifications of all farmers and those in the agricultural value chain in Nigeria.
3) Use of Technological Platform in all agro export activities in Nigeria to simplify the processes, make them one stop state of the processes and drastically reduce the processing time for agro export in Nigeria.
4) Build Agricultural Processing Units (APUs) to increase the gains of standardized value addition in export.

‘The role of Insurance Regulation in growing aviation and cargo business in Nigeria’
1. NAICOM to work with CBN to buy Dollars directly for the payment of International Insurance Premium.

2. Regular consultative meetings with Aviation Stakeholders to iron out identified Difference.

3. Create an Insurance Aviation pool to enable prompt and robust payment of Claims

4. The total balance sheet of the insurance industry was more than $1 billion which is more than enough to cover the aviation in Nigeria so there is no fear of low Insurance Capacity

Improving the Processes of Aviacargo Business in Nigeria.

1. Government should stop multiple levies of export at the Airport.
This makes our export especially Agricultural produces more expensive when comparing to other Africa Countries.
2. Government should simplify the process/procedure of export operations at the Airport.
Moving from one table to another should be discouraged. ONE- STOP SHOP is ideal. Preferably, one document to be filled by the exporters. Multiple government agencies at the airport should also be discouraged.
3. Packaging standard and products traceability were also discussed and exporters are expected to work in line with global standards.



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