Virgin Atlantic Cargo has awarded a five year handling contract to Sifax SAHCOL in Lagos.

The decision is aimed at improving its service offering for customers in Nigeria and for provision of growth capacity, following a 19% boost in export volumes in the last year and higher inbound demand from the pharmaceutical and courier sectors.

From April 10 Virgin Atlantic’s import and export cargo will be handled in Sifax SAHCOL’s 22,000 square metre warehouse operation at Murtala Muhammed International airport. This incorporates special facilities including a cold room for perishables and temperature-sensitive shipments, along with dedicated locations for courier and high value cargo. The building’s 22 truck bays will expedite collections and deliveries, while round-the-clock CCTV coverage, access control systems, screening technology and a control room will ensure the highest levels of security.