Update, Aug 7, 2010:
Air freight cargo services are gradually resuming to Nigeria, as airlines and the Nigerian customs are reaching positive resolutions. There is an expected severe backlog and clog from the month long shipment delay.
Delta Cargo is pleased to announce resumption of cargo service into Lagos, Nigeria (LOS) and Abuja, Nigeria (ABV), beginning August 5, 2010. Delta is compliant with Nigeria’s new electronic manifest requirements. Only Equation and Equation Heavy services will be available at this time. (Please note, Human Remains shipments can also be booked through Delta Cares.)
August 2, 2010
NewsRescue- Are you expecting some import or delivery from abroad? Your technology equipment supply that’s flown in by air freight? Then you need be prepared to wait a little longer as there is an air freight embargo to Nigeria airports.
View here,as published on the Delta cargo site:
Temporary Embargo to Lagos and Abuja
Due to the regulation requiring an electronic manifest for Nigeria customs, Delta Cargo is temporarily unable to accept any freight for transportation to Lagos, Nigeria (LOS) and Abuja, Nigeria (ABV). Mail is not affected by the embargo. This embargo on the carriage of freight to Nigeria will remain in place until further notice. Please continue to check deltacargo.com for further updates.
BuyDirectFromUSA.com on 23 Allen Avenue, Ikeja Lagos complained bitterly about this, as their customer support lines have been blowing up with disenfranchised clients who do not know about this National level policy temporary block in imports. Mr Brimah of the head office said he hopes and expects it to soon be resolved and business to return back to usual.
Businesses that depend on regular air-freight imports from abroad are really feeling this blockade which is adversely affecting them. The unusual new regulation imposed by the Nigerian customs, demanding a manifest be sent before shipments arrive, is very hard to implement, and air-freight companies have suspended their cargo delivery to Nigeria till this constraint can be resolved.