Use the sea to transport goods to Nigeria – JDL Export House CEO

The CEO of JDL Export House, Emmanuel Kwaku Darkey is calling on local businesses who do business with countries within the Sub Region such Nigeria and Cote D’Ivoire to start focusing their attention on using sea freight to export their products to the neighbouring countries rather than using the traditional way of transporting their goods via road.

He said sea freight is by large the surest way of transporting goods out of the country with less risk. His call comes in the wake of the recent boarder crisis where Nigeria since August this year has closed its boarders to neighbouring West African countries including Ghana until next year.

Mr Darkey noted that “JDL Export House is a one stop export house that has unique ideals in the export industry. This export house exports all manner of produce especially the non traditional exports to every part of the world including countries within the Sub region. So businesses whose goods are stuck at the Nigerian boarders to look at sea freight to get their goods to Nigeria; and JDL Export House is ready to get their goods to their home destination”.

Mr Darkey made the call on the side lines of a visit to the premises of JDL Export House by some members of the Singaporean Business Federation.

The visit forms part of the Singaporean Business Federation’s effort at scouting for investor partners in the country.

He said “JDL Export House has had a close collaboration with the Singapore Business Federation and after visiting our facility and understanding the concept of the Export House, they are hear to visit and seek collaboration because of the export house concept which has all the agencies responsible in the export industry. We facilitate all export arrangements of our clients who do not need to go through the hustling associated with export; this is a one stop shop and we cater for all our clients needs”.

He said the Singapore Business Federation’s visit to JDL is key to the export industry of the country as both country’s will stand to benefit mutually.

“These investors are here to scout for opportunities that will benefit both countries and we see this visit a very good move to boost our economy”he said

The visit by the Singapore Business Federation in the country is to look out for business opportunities in Ghana as well as scout for suppliers to engage in businesses which will mutually benefit the two countries.

Among the business firms that visited the country are Apeiron Agrocommodities PTe which is into the trading of bioenergy and related agricultural and chemical products.

A representative of the company, Fahad Farooq noted that the company among other things is looking into the business of biodiesel derived from other feedstock including but not limited to sunflower, rapeseed, coconut and waste vegetable oil.

Another investor, Tan Teo Song who represented Mine Biomass SDN, noted that his company is engaged in the business of Palm kernel shells and is hopeful of establishing some business partners in Ghana who can help in the supply of the commodity.

In all seventeen businesses were on board the business mission which was organised by the Singapore Business Federation.

A managing consultant and technical coordinator for JDL Export House, Gerald Nyarko Mensah noted that government must pay attention to export trade houses to help grow small businesses who have possibilities to export in non traditional products.

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