IN a bid to expand its brand equity, attract new customers and improve business logistics in the society, Greater Washington Limited (GWL), the only licensed cargo company in Nigeria, recently signed a new pact with Turkish Cargo.
The joint venture partnership was held at the classic La Mango in GRA, Ikeja. It marked the finalization of a general sales agent deal and a new beginning in the aviation and air haulage industry.
Several professionals and aviation experts were on board to witness the historic feat, which will position Greater Washington as the exclusively authorized agent through which all Turkish Cargo shipment will be made from Nigeria.
Turkish cargo will deliver to over 210 international destinations across the world with three freighters every week capable of carrying over 80 tonnes of cargo. The vast opportunities embedded in the Nigerian export and agricultural production sector will provide service excellence from GWL to all the manufacturing, service and production industries.
According to the Executive Vice President/CEO, GWL, Mr. Owolabi Awosan, “The cargo business in Nigeria still provides an enormous opportunity even with the low percentage of patronage and there is a gap in the supply chain management structure, which also has huge profit turnover. The cargo companies in the country have the capacity to distribute manufactured goods, using Lagos as a hub and through the domestic airlines to other African counties like Benin Republic, Mali, Libreville and Brazzaville”.
Awosan further stressed the need for government’s agencies to create the enabling environment that will attract foreign direct investment (FDI) through the use of technology like the time management system. The problems involved in business documentation, power generation are some other basic requirement Nigeria needs to develop into an export economy, which will grow by 30 - 40 percent in the next three years.
The Director, Turkish Cargo Africa, Mr. Tarik Parlak, in his presentation, showed the company’s extensive flight network of more than 82 countries with over 200 destinations across the world.
It is a market leader and the fastest- growing domestic cargo company with heavy investments in cutting edge technology.
Turkish Cargo is the 5th largest airline with technological- driven logistics solutions and 145 interline connections globally and a-state-of-the-art freighter airlines.
Services provided by Greater Washington under its cargo and freight section include acting as the shippers’ agent and forwarders, inspection and monitoring to ascertain quality standard of goods, warehousing facilities and crude oil petroleum superintendence.
With partners like Aero, Dana Air and NIPOST, the GWL has been able to provide logistics for clients like The Guardian newspaper, Punch, DHL, EMS Express, UPS, FedEx, AMCON, Julius Berger, Keystone Bank, Enterprise Bank and Shell, among others.
Greater Washington is one of the most diverse organizations in the world, with strong background in logistics and business consulting, and had earned reputation for services excellence and best global practice. The company has business headquarters situated around the central business district of Lagos, with the parent company in the heart of Washington DC, USA.