Before you start any export business in Nigeria, it is advisable you obtain a licence from relevant government agencies saddled with the issuance of licences to exporters.
Having a licence allows you to legally carry out shipment of commodities approved by government.
There are two government agencies vested with the power to grant export licences in Nigeria. They are: The Nigeria Export promotion council (NPEC) and Federal Ministry of Solid minerals development.
NEPC is saddled with the responsibility of issuing out export licences for agricultural commodities and manufactured goods while the Federal Ministry of Solid Minerals Development is responsible for granting licences for extraction and exportation in Nigeria.
NEPC Contact Addresses
Below are contact addresses of these government agencies:
NIGERIA EXPORT PROMOTION COUNCIL
Head office – Export House, Kumba Street, Wuse Zone 2, Abuja.
Zonal Office – No.13/15 Oladipo Oluwole Street, Apapa, Lagos,Â
Tel: 01-5460027, 5872335.
FEDERAL MINISTRY OF SOLID MINERALS DEVELOPMENT
Head Office – Federal Secretariat building, 5th Floor,Â PMB 107, Suleja, Abuja
Requirement for Obtaining Export License
NEPC REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
Here are the registration requirements and procedures you have to follow in order to obtain a licence from NEPC for the export of Cashew nuts, Ginger roots, Cocoa, Charcoal and others:
1.Your business must be duly registered as a limited liability company (LTD) with the Corporate Affairs commission (CAC) and you must tender a copy of your companyâ€™s certificate of incorporation as evidence.
2.You will have to purchase an application form for registration form NEPC at the cost of just N1, 000 only.
3.The completed application form must be submitted to their office with the sum of N10, 000 as processing fees. The total cost of this registration is N11, 000 only.
4.After your registration is approved, a license issued to you. This normally takes at least one week.
You can register online at NEPC website.
Requirement for Obtaining Solid Minerals Export licence
REQUIREMENTS FOR GRANTING SOLID MINERALS EXPORT LICENCE
To get information on solid minerals export license, by visiting the website of the Federal Ministry of Solid Minerals Development.
When you are through with your registration and haveÂ obtained the export licence then, you are free to do business legitimately.
But please, take time to find out those commodities and items listed as prohibited by the government. Knowing them will keep you out of trouble.
I wish you all the best in your business.