Crashes logistics costs by 40%
By Emeka Anaeto
Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc (SAHCO) and ABX World, a courier and logistics company, have created a logistics initiative to bring down cost of delivering Nigeria’s fresh agro products exports to various global markets. The initiative also seeks to ramp up Nigeria’s export in this category to 800 tones per day.
The move, according to the organisations, was in response to the challenges faced by Nigerian exporters which have diminished their competitiveness in the international market while forcing agro products to rot away between farm gates and the market places.
Lamenting the bottlenecks created by government agencies which have imperiled the agro export business while lots of efforts to bring a change have not yielded results, the organisations, in a stakeholders meeting in Lagos yesterday, resolved to move ahead with their own solutions.
Consequently, the Managing Director of ABX World, Captain John Okakpu said, “we have decided to take a different turn on how do we reduce the logistic cost, and we have an alternative solution, while waiting for the government, that will at least take us off the ground.
“So the logistic cost we have now is quite reasonable and I believe in the next two months it is going to explode and it is going to get better and I am going to assure you that we are here to stay. Our ultimate goal is to do about 600 to 800 tonnes every day.
“The facilities and the structures in place are the reasons we are here today like the operation manager of SAHCO said, they have a cold room completed for more than two years ago and has not been used. so, the issue of damage or products not being fresh, SAHCO has resolved that. The reason why we choose to work with SAHCO is that they are ready to invest in the structures and infrastructures we need in this industry.
Commenting on the readiness of SAHCO the Managing Director, Basil Agboarumi, stated: “Recently we made an investment in buying a modern scanning machine which I just signed yesterday for the machines to come in. So talking about being prepared , I can tell you that we have been prepared for long and just waiting for a day like this to come. That is why as a company we are happy to be partnering with ABS World to drive this vision.”