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Aviacargo: Nigeria’s Cargo Exports Decline by 29.5% as FAAN and AviaCargo Committee Team Up To Address Global Export Supply Chain Constraints

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In a bid to enhance seamless cargo export from Nigeria and reclaim its position as a leading player in the aviation cargo industry, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has joined forces with the Avia-Cargo Committee.

The move comes as the country experiences a decline in its cargo export figures, attributed to global supply chain constraints and economic fluctuations.

During the recent 3rd Aviacargo Conference, Mr. Kabir Yusuf Mohammed, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of FAAN, outlined the organization’s mission to provide customer-centric airport facilities that ensure the safe, secure, and efficient transportation of passengers and goods to world-class standards. Mr. Mohammed stressed FAAN’s commitment to becoming a significant player in the lucrative aviation cargo sector.

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According to a report by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), air cargo is responsible for transporting over $6 trillion worth of goods annually, accounting for approximately 35% of global trade by value. However, recent figures have shown a decline in Nigeria’s cargo exports. In the first half of 2023, a total of about 12.9 metric tons of cargo were airlifted, marking a 29.5% decrease compared to the same period the previous year.

To address these challenges and reverse the downward trend, FAAN assembled a committee comprised of experts from various aviation cargo stakeholders. The Avia-Cargo Committee is tasked with finding solutions to issues such as turnaround time in cargo facilitation, financing gaps in modern cargo infrastructure, low interest from local airlines in domestic cargo, inadequate insurance coverage, and the lack of standardization and certification for cargo items, particularly agricultural produce.

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A significant step towards enhancing cargo facilitation has been the groundbreaking ceremony for Nigeria’s first Aviation Cargo Village. This innovative project aims to address challenges related to produce processing, packaging, certification, laboratory services, and data traceability. The establishment of this village is expected to provide a platform for collaboration between FAAN and the Avia-Cargo Committee, driving a positive change in the cargo export landscape.

FAAN recognizes the importance of partnership with the private sector to create the necessary infrastructure for efficient cargo facilitation at Nigerian airports. The Directorate of Commercial and Business Development is dedicated to fostering a symbiotic relationship to achieve this goal. With proper collaboration, FAAN aims to leverage the available land mass at its airports to establish world-class cargo facilities that will enhance the packaging, processing, and certification of fresh organic produce like cashew, avocado, exotic flowers, and yams.

As FAAN and the Avia-Cargo Committee work in synergy to address these challenges, it is believed that Nigeria’s cargo export sector will experience a resurgence. The ultimate goal is to exceed import figures and drive the growth of the country’s economy through successful cargo export operations.

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