Despite some apparent localized improvements, the effects of supply chain disruption on Nigerians are widespread and are expected to last for some time.
Importers have difficulties since their goods frequently show up at terminals that are crowded. Furthermore, importers frequently lack control over time or routing, resulting in storage, demurrage, and/or detention fees.
Congestion and domestic/inland transportation limitations cause the pick-up from the terminals to be delayed, raising the cost of products for retailers and customers even if ocean carriers, ports, airlines, and air terminals have lowered their authorized “free time.”
By taking charge of their shipments at the point of origin and strategically relocating their goods, importers may stop or at least slow down this rise in expenses. For illustration:
Storage fees apply to air cargo arriving on Friday night or on Saturday. Importers may avoid extra fees by making sure their air shipments arrive at the destination airport on Sunday through Thursday and are picked up within 24 hours.
You may prevent delays and demurrage by routing ocean goods to a seaport that is not busy, has lots of available chassis, and offers accessible drayage service. Having a longer dray from the port to the destination is frequently preferable to having containers lie offshore for days or, worse, on a pier waiting for pickup and accruing demurrage.
Fixing the terms
Even though the cost of transport is included in the pricing of the products, the buyer/importer is the one who owns the items and is responsible for paying for the incoming transport. Changing the conditions of the purchase from FOB, DAT, CFR, or CIF to EXW or FCA will help you gain control over how the items are transported.
A modification like this offers the buyer influence over the routing, allowing the buyer or importer to take Nigerian port or airport conditions into account and giving them the chance to avoid extra costs at the destination.
In times of inflation, lowering transportation costs becomes even more crucial and useful in lowering the cost of commodities supplied, however doing so requires considerable innovation and significant work. Buyers must alter the way they think about how they handle delivering their products to distribution centres, and suppliers must adjust their processes. Yes, things are difficult these days.
Importers should talk to their customs broker about these transportation concerns and look at ways to save costs and shorten processing times.
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