Border closure triggers rise in airport cargo movement

Border closure triggers rise in airport cargo movement

- The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says the MMIA has so far recorded a 100% rise in the third quarter of 2019 compared to the 2018 record

- The data released by FAAN shows that the airport recorded a total cargo movement of 114.13 million tons in the last nine months

- The agency, however, stated that the 2019 figure recorded a boom from August with over 100% increase compared to the 2018 figure

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has disclosed that there is a 100% increase in cargo movement comprising import and export at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA.)

This Day reports that the data released by FAAN showed that the MMIA recorded a 100% in the third quarter of 2019 compared to the 2018 record.

The data disclosed that the airport, which is the busiest in the country in taking the largest chunk of passenger and cargo movement, recorded a total cargo movement of 114.13 million tons in the last nine months (January-September)

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The newspaper stated that the record showed that this comprised 88.31m import and 25.82m export.

But the agency stated that the 2019 figure recorded a boom from August with over 100% increase compared to the 2018 figure.

FAAN said the boom was a result of the decision of the federal government to shut down the land borders in August this year.

It said the extension of the closure to January 2019 has therefore led to a drastic rise in cargo movement at the airport.

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Meanwhile, the Nigerian Customs Services (NCS) has dismissed the narrative that importers and exporters of various goods from the southeast who use land borders were the target of the border closure exercise.

The Nation reports a spokesperson for the service, Joseph Attah, at a meeting with importers and exporters of goods in Aba on Thursday, November 7, explained that the land border closure was to prevent Nigeria from being used as a dumping ground by neighbouring countries.

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Attah said the sensitization was necessary to update Nigerians that the blockade was in the interest of the country.

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