The Executive Director of Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC),Mr. Olusegun Awolowo said NEPC has laid down plans to increase the Country’s non-oil export revenue to $18 billion by 2019.This an amazing opportunity for anyone to tap into because export business is profitable and has a great prospects in the coming years if you understand what it takes to be in the business.
With the advent of Internet, it has simplified the whole process from getting your certification, sourcing for buyers and networking with export gurus has simplified the whole process.
The importance of export business cannot be overemphasized as it helps in job creation, encourages trade between nations, and reduces post-harvest losses. All these help in boosting agricultural productivity, marketability and profitability.
There are over 50 agricultural products that can be exported to other countries , such as Cashew Nut, Ginger, Cocoa, Bitter kola, Garlic, Groundnut, Rubber, Leather, Sesame Seeds, Shea butter, Gum, Leather, and others that can generate huge income in millions. Remember, you mustn’t be a farmer before you can do export business. The basic requirement is to gain knowledge about how the business operates, the needed certifications, the hot niche agro products to export, how to source international buyers, and the needed capital, if you got all these you are good to do the business.
We will be focusing on 3 major certifications you need to have to enable you kick-start this business. These certifications are governed by 3 Important Exportation Registration Bodies in Nigeria.
- Corporate Affairs Commission: This is the national body that regulates the formation and management of companies in Nigeria. All you are required to do is the visit their website to register your Company . The process that involves 3 major processes ,Name Availability Search, Online Registration Upload, and Document upload. Visit their website to register https://services.cac.gov.ng/
- Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC): NEPC is in charge of coordinating Nigeria export transactions. All you need is visit the website and register. The link is https://nepc.gov.ng/
- The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) is the body that regulate and control the manufacture, importation, exportation, distribution, advertisement, sale and use of Food, Drugs, Cosmetics, Medical Devices, Packaged Water, Chemicals and Detergents. As an exporter, you are expected to apply for the health certificate for exportation of processed and semi processed food commodities. Visit the website :https://www.nafdac.gov.ng/
- Food and Drug Administration: is is US Government Agency that controls the administration of food and drugs that traffic to and fro US.This is required if one wants to food and food items to US.
To register follow the link: https://www.registrarcorp.com/fda-registration
With these certificates in place you are on your way to doing export business.