Nigeria: Air cargo traffic low amidst large global demands

Despite the massive demand for Nigeria’s goods globally, the country’s cargo traffic remains low among the top African airports ranking by freight traffic. Nigeria has one of the most nutritious fruits in the world, but demand and supply are not meeting at the moment, with China, India, and some Europe countries seeking these products.

According to the Airports Council International, ACI, Nigeria Murtala Muhammed Airport Two, ranked fifth in Africa, as it handled only 204,649 tons of goods in 2021 as against Jomo Kenyatta International Airport which tops the list with over 363,204 tons of cargo in the same year.

A total of 2.15 million metric tons of cargo transited through African airports, representing around 1.7 per cent of the global cargo volume. However, stakeholders have faulted the Federal Government’s inability to provide information on where things are being produced, the market and service providers capable of utilising these opportunities.

Speaking at the ongoing second Aviation and Cargo Conference 2022, CHINET, in Lagos, Chisco Logistics, Chief Executive Officer, Obinna Anyaegbu, noted that it is very important for everyone in the industry to play their role, as they are not to play all roles. He said: “We need more African products. We need patriotism. People are moving out of Nigeria yet we have very good soil to plant and harvest. We have these products but we lack markets for these products. Chinese people want to eat our bananas, plantain and pineapples. We have one of the most nutritious fruits in the world but demand and supply are not met at the moment.”


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