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SAHCOL Visit: Opportunity To Market Facility To Importers, Exporters —Shippers Council

Posted: Jul 5, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The airfreight stakeholders’ forum of the Nigerian Shippers Council has stated that the council’s visit to the multi-billion-naira warehouse built by the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited (SAHCOL) to market the facility to both importers and exporters.

The Chairman of the forum, Toyin Olufade, who said this during a tour of SAHCOL’s warehouse, explained that the team was at SAHCOL to have a first-hand assessment of facilities on ground and to see how they could be explored to promote international trade in the country.

He also said that the visit would avail them the opportunity to market SAHCOL’s facilities to both importers and exporters within and outside the country.

The forum that  is made up of about 18 stakeholders includes the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines & Agriculture (NACCIMA), Association of Nigerian Licensed Custom Agent, (ANLCA), Nigerian Customs Services, (NCS), Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON),  National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

The forum went round the warehouse located at the Cargo Terminal of the International wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA) Lagos.

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of SAHCOL, Dr. Oluropo  Owolabi, who commended the team for its initiative to have first-hand information on SAHCOL’s facilities  so as to equip the council  with adequate information to market  the company while promoting external trade for Nigeria, called on Nigerians to invest in the packaging sector of the economy.

This, he stated would create a balance of trade between Nigeria and countries with which she has bilateral relations, since most of the airlines bringing imports to the country are usually ferried back empty.

According to Owolabi, “We need to package our products here for international trade. It is very unfortunate to see big cargo aircraft flying into Nigeria only to drop cargo without flying anything out of the country”.

He continued, “We don’t necessarily need to depend on exports to European or American countries, but we could do it among countries in the West African region or the African continent.  We have millions of tons of yam tubers, mangoes pineapples, cashew nuts and other agro products that could be well packaged for exports to all these countries, instead of allowing them to rot away here”.

He stated that the visit by the body had further boosted efforts by SAHCOL to be the leading warehousing and ground handling operator in West African sub region.

SAHCOL, the managing director said was poised to becoming a reference point, where the efficiency of a successful flight operation was born.

He added that in addition to the completion of an ultramodern first-of-its-kind Custom Bonded Cargo Warehouse at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, SAHCOL was committed to ensuring that ground handling to its customers was seamless.

A member of the visiting team, who wanted to know the capacity of the warehouse to ensuring uninterrupted power supply for its facilities, was impressed when she was told that the company relies on three 500 KVA generators to power the equipment and facilities.

Some of the facilities toured include the bulk-break area, cold room sector, freezers, radioactive room, human remain sector, dangerous goods section, valuable section, Custom examination section, loading bay and Unit Loading Device (ULD) storage.