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Person in the Port (PiP) Project completed

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The StEP Project “Person in the Port (PiP)” has been satisfactory completed by StEP members BCCC Africa and UNU with support from US-EPA and BMZ/GIZ and the final report is now available here (directer link zum report -

Findings of this 16 months lasting work show that

  • Thousands of tonnes of e-waste are shipped illegally to Nigeria inside used vehicles
  • about 3/4 of 60,000 tonnes of used electronic equipment shipped to two ports in Lagos in both 2015 and 2016 originated from EU ports;
  • At least 15,400 tonnes were non-functional
  • TVs, monitors are largest category (almost one-third by weight), followed by photocopiers, fridges
  • 70% — 41,500 tonnes — of the UEEE reaching Lagos each year arrived inside vehicles destined for Nigeria’s second hand auto market, an import route never before thoroughly assessed
  • Overall, around 77 % of the assessed UEEE imports originated from ports in the EU, mainly from Germany and the United Kingdom (around 20 % each), followed, with some distance by Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain and Ireland (between 9 % and 6 %). China and the USA each account for around 7 % of the total imports.
  • Almost all of the importers or their agents are Nigerians, of which 80% are located within the Lagos metropolis


PiP webinar

Join the upcoming webinar to find out more about the results of the project and discuss with the project managers and authors of the study.

Date: 16th May 2018, 3:30 pm CET

Place: WebEx

Presenter: Olusegun Odeyingbo (UNU), Dr. Innocent Nnorom (BCCC Africa) and Dr Otmar Deubzer (UNU)

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