…Says Transport industry has emerged most vulnerable!***
The Nigerian International Maritime Ports and Terminals (NIMPORT), a port and terminal promotion body, observed on Wednesday, that the coronavirus pandemic had taken the greatest toll on the transport industry, globally.
The NIMPORT Chairman, Mr Fortune Idu, stated this in Lagos, noting that the different modes of transportation such as air, water, and land, involved close contact with persons on board.
Idu maintained that, while governments globally discouraged massive movement of people, the transport industry had remained most vulnerable.
”Cargo movement has been seriously interrupted due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
”The cargo transport movement as it is today worldwide is being affected seriously as importers and exporters are responding to the coronavirus outbreak situation.
”Importers and exporters are not actually placing orders anymore, because they do not know when the pandemic will end, and the outcome of what is going on.
”The situation in the country and the world, in general, is one of high uncertainty, and industry stakeholders are responding to that,” he said.
The NIMPORT chairman said that cargo movement started from the manufacturing end or supplier end to the logistics part, and then to the port before it now gets to the final destination, and each of these links had been seriously affected.
”Manufacturing outfits, supply outfits, and industrial parks are closing down as people working there are pulling out, except in places that there is high automation.
”The goods now made cannot leave the factory and go to the logistics park without human contact and that brings people into closer confines and helps in the spread of the virus.
”The link or chain has been really affected and that means that it is no longer efficient and this leads to importers not placing orders,” the NIMPORT chairman said.