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Apapa road affecting exports, says DG - THE NATION

FEBRUARY 11, 2019

 by Daniel Essiet


African Centre for Supply Chain (ACSC) Director-General Dr Obiora Madu has said the rejection of agricultural produce overseas will continue  if efforts are not made to improve access roads to the  sea ports.

Madu expressed displeasure that 37,000 tons of cashew exported to Vietnam were rejected.

Nigeria exported goods worth $369,718,744,000 (approximately N113.4billion) to Vietnam in 2017, according to data obtained from Vietnam Customs.

He said the chaos in the  logistics sector  caused  by the  state of the  ports’ access road was not helping the economy to enjoy export growth. This is because exporters keen to capitalise on  the nation’s weakening currency and bumper harvests and booking shipping, are   having difficulty finding the trucks to deliver their goods to port on time because of the state of the ports access roads.

On the explanation that  37,000 tons of cashew exported to Vietnam were rejected because of high price of the commodity,  Madu  warned  exporters  to seek  proper  education on exports contracts  before shipping  produce out of the country .

According  to him, new  exporters  need  education  on signing  export  contract  because of  challenges   which are  often accompanied by significant losses due to unplanned delay in the port.

Madu stressed that Nigerian  exporters must understand  exports , and in general must educate themselves on unique industry matters relevant to selling their goods or services  abroad.

He said local companies also must meet international requirements and food safety standards, storage, shipping and freight operations they need to move their produce   abroad.

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