PROBLEMS FACING DISTRIBUTION OF GOODS AND COMMODITIES IN WEST AFRICA
These problems are:
Inadequate infrastructural facilities: Facilities like telephone and electricity which can help to facilitate processing and marketing of goods are not adequate.
Inadequate storage:This especially affects perishable products which come seasonally.
Hoarding and speculation: The traders can create artificial scarcity for some commodities especially during festive periods such as Christmas and Ramadan.
Artificial scarcity can also occur as a result of change in government policies. This disrupts the distributive process and increases price unnecessarily.
Packaging problems: The packaging of goods is not standardized. This may result in damage or loss in transit.
Inadequate transport system:The poor transport system also affects commodity distribution and marketing in the country.
The roads are so bad that commodities sustain great damage due to accidents.
Insecurity on our roads: Distribution is affected as a result of the activities of armed bandits on the roads.
Inadequate information:The producers, sellers and buyers do not get adequate information regarding the prevailing market conditions.
Administrative bottlenecks in the collection and handling of goods: Excessive delay in the supply and delivery of commodities is a common feature in the West African distribution system.
Processing of necessary papers at supply points or depots causes considerable loss of time.