Prime Next Logistics interview: "The future of Nigeria’s transport and logistics sector is definitely bright."

1. Can you please tell us about your organization while highlighting your major services?

Prime Next Logistics is a global logistics solution provider that handles air freight, sea freight, container shipping and other related international shipping services; we act as Import / Export Agents and Ship brokers. We offer Customs brokerage, Haulage, warehousing, import documentation, ship agency, 3PL, Door-2-Door, Project cargo and freight forwarding services from any part of the world.

2. What services are you most excited about at the moment?

We are excited about all the services we offer because we provide tailor made solutions to our clients. The services could range from 4PL, to Door-2-Door or Door-2-Port. It could also be local haulage and distribution services within the country.  Different clients require different services and we are more than glad to engage in solutions to solve the logistics need of our clients.

3. How do you think the Nigeria Governments plan to increase port and terminal activity will impact your business and the transportation/logistics industry?

It is a much welcome development considering the fact that any plan to increase port and terminal activity will eventually reduce cargo clearance duration, ease congestion problems at the port and reduce overall cost of importation. It becomes easier for more vessels to call Nigerian ports which in turn will boost revenue generation drive of the government.

4. Can you tell us a little more about your activities in the region?

We have fully established presence in Lagos and Port Harcourt Sea & airports. Our team of in-house customs clearing agent go the extra mile to ensure cargo is cleared out and delivered to client in the shortest time possible. We are also involved in oil and gas logistics. This is handled by our team of staff that have several years of experience in oil and gas logistics. We clear and deliver heavy duty, specialized equipment’s to our clients - onshore and offshore. Our activities also extend to the oil and gas free zone. We also have a fully established haulage division that handles movement of all kinds of cargo to any part of the country.

5. What in your view are the challenges to developing effective supply chain solutions in Nigeria?

Supply chain involves the synergy of different key players to ensure goods are produced and delivered to the client in the right quantity, quality and time. If one of the key players is not effective in meeting up with their deliverable, it affects the effectiveness of the supply chain. In view of this, one major challenge that needs to be improved upon is the bottle necks created during cargo clearance in Nigeria. The mandate of 48 hours cargo clearance proposed by the government should be effectively implemented. This will go a long way in improving the effectiveness of the logistics supply chain in Nigeria.

6.  What effect do you think Governments collaborative effort with private companies like General Electric in modernizing and expanding Nigeria’s locomotive sector will have on the transportation and logistics sector and how?

This is a big relief to the transportation and logistics sector considering the fact that lack of diversification of our mode of in-land transportation system has placed huge pressure on the existing system. Road transportation has been the major mode of moving goods within the country and this has led to a near collapse of the system. Transit time to move goods keep increasing thereby threatening cargo safety. Transporters involved in moving perishable items from the North experience huge losses because their goods stay on the road for a prolonged time frame. The introduction of rail system will not only lower the cost of transportation of goods across the country, it will also bring about decongestion of our roads and safety of cargo. 

7.  Based on the ongoing plans and current development within the transport and logistics sector what would you say is the future outlook for this industry?

The future of Nigeria’s transport and logistics sector is definitely bright. Introduction of rail system across the country will go a long way in lowering transport cost, reduce loss / damage of goods, reduce cargo transit time and attract foreign investors.

8.  What are your areas of interest in the Multimodal West Africa 2018, considering the success of the last edition?

Prime Next Logistics is very much interested in collaborating with major exporters, importers, freight forwarders and manufacturers. 

Giorgio Enrico Delcelo is a dynamic, results driven and dedicated logistics professional with over 35 years cognate experience and transferrable skills in freight forwarding, ship and customs brokerage, international logistics, supply chain management, IT, haulage, warehousing, ship chartering, crew change and ship handling. Adept at enhancing organizational performance to a new level through efficient people management and strong organizational skills. He is an excellent communicator both in English and Italian.

He has consistently led mission critical activities and managed several portfolios such as, a management of 10 contracts totaling 10 Million USD Per Annum and dealt on a daily basis with major oil & gas companies.

An astute professional that holds various professional qualifications that cuts across several fields of endeavor like; Lean Six-Sigma Yellow belt training, Permit to work training and assessment, HSE-MS Design, Implementation and Risk Management training.

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