By Akoma Chinwoke
DETERMINED to removeÂ Â all bottlenecks militatingÂ against trade facilitation within the countryâ€™s airports, the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, NAGAFF, in partnership with airline operators has commenced the maiden inspection of facilities at cargo ports
Speaking on the essence ofÂ the exercise, the NAGAFF chairman, Murtala Mohammed airport branch, Segun Musa said the routine inspection exercise was to identify factors that have contributed to the drastic reduction of import through the airports, noting:
â€œWe are moving from shed to shed to identify what the problems and challenges are and at the end of the day we want all the importers to know that the best port to patronize is the aviation sector. Also through the exercise we would equally suggest to the federal government what needs to be done in order to facilitate trade within the sector.â€
He pointed out that if something urgent is not done on the current state of the airports across the country, the aviation sector would die adding that they are determined to explore solutions that would promote trade at a cheaper thereby reducing the cost of clearing at the airports.
Musa said the inspection committee has identified that the countryâ€™s airports were lacking some of the basic operational facilities but said they intended to meet all the stakeholders involved such as customs, security agencies, NAHCO, SAHCOL, as well as FAAN to seek a way out of the problem. He emphasized that cargo import traffic at the airports has reduced drastically and blamed it on delay in the clearance procedure and high cost of airfreighting among other reasons.