Free Guide On Exporting From Nigeria

Exporting from Nigeria can quickly become a big headache for people. There are so many fees agencies and other fees.

But it doesn’t have to be a headache if you know what you need to get it down.

See our tip list on how you can get started exporting Oil Palm Products from Nigeria.

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Find out Everything you need to Know about Agro Exportation from Nigeria to the United States

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Registration with Nigerian Export Promotion Council:


Organizations eligible for registration as exporters are:

i. Limited Liability Company

ii. Co-operative Societies registered by State Ministry of Commerce and FCDA and

iii. Government and Non-Government Organizations duly registered by Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)

Intending exporter can buy Exporters Registration Form at the cost of N500.00. On completion, applicants are expected to pay N5,000.00 processing fee and submit the form with the following documents:

i. Photocopy of Company’s Certificate of Incorporation;

ii. Certifies True Copy of Memorandum and Articles of Association

iii. Certified True Copy of Form CO7, in case of Limited Liability Company or a copy of the Law establishing the agency in case of Government Organisation.

Please note that the schedule officer is expected to sight the original copies of the above documents.


Exportable Products

The products that can be exported from Nigeria are numerous depending on the exporters’ areas of interest, finances at his or her disposal and then the availability of the product(s). However, one needs to know that there are products prohibited from exportation. These are:

i. Timber (Rough or Sawn)

ii. Raw hides and skin including wet blue and all unfinished leather.

iii. Maize

iv. Scrap Metal

v. Unprocessed Rubber Latex and Rubber Lumps

vi. Artifacts and Antiquities

vii. Wild life Classified as endangered species and their products, e.g. Crocodiles, Elephants, Lizard, Eagle, Monkey, Zebra, Lion, to mention a few.


Exportable products could be classified into five major categories including:


Agriculture Products e.g. Charcoal, Chilies (Dried) Cocoa Beans, Coffee, Gum Arabic, Sesame Seeds, Shear nuts, Shear Butter, Shrimps, Cassava, Cashew nuts, Palm Kernel Shells and Palm Kernel Cakes

Export Destination: Europe

Processed foods e.g. Cassava flour, Yam flour, Ground Rice, Vegetable Oil Export

Destination: Cassava (Europe) African countries.

Solid Minerals e.g. Zinc Ore, Lead Ore, Copper, Calcium, Carbonate, Marble, Tantalite, Wolframite, Iron Ore, Gem Stones. Export Destination: Europe and Asia

Manufactured Products e.g. Alcoholic beverages, Cosmetics and Soaps, Detergents, Chemicals, Cocoa Cake, Cocoa butter, Malt drinks, Insecticides, Electrical wires, Furniture Component. Export Destination: Cocoa Cake & Cocoa butter (Europe) African Countries.

Handicrafts e.g. Talking Drums, Calabash Carvings, Wood Carvings, Beads, Pottery, Metals Carvings, Hand – Woven textiles, Raffia products, Export Destination: Europe and US.


Documents Required when Exporting From Nigeria


The right documents, therefore, is the lubricant of international trade and its importance cannot be overemphasized.

As an exporter, presenting Incorrect documents cause delays at ports when clearing the goods through customs, resulting in extra costs, failure to met delivery dates and, in some cases, seizure of such goods.

In order to save extra costs and possible delays the point of import, the potential exporter should ensure that he is full acquainted with all aspects of the actual procedure involved in getting the goods from his location to the consignee.

It is therefore, important to know what documents will be needed to get the goods out of the country of production and into the foreign market with the least possible delay and expense.

Exporting requires a lot of documents which exporters are expected to complete

From NXP (Nigerian Export Proceeds) mandatory levy, A clean Certificate of Inspection is issued by the Federal Government appointed inspection Agent.

Commercial Documents

  • Profoma Invoice
  • Commercial Invoices
  • Consular Invoice
  • Certified Invoice and
  • Parking list

Quality Documents

  • Certificate of Quality and Fumigation (FPIS)
  • Phyto-sanitary Certificate (PQSO)
  • NAFDAC Certificate of Quality
  • Certificate of Quality by (SON)
  • ISO Certificate

Transport Documents

  • Bill of Lading
  • Airway bill / Road way bill
  • National Maritime Authority Form E-3.2
  • Single Goods Declaration (SGD)

Tariffs Concession Documents

  • Form EUR 1
  • GSP Certificate
  • ECOWAS TLS Certificate of Origin and Movement Certificates
  • Commonwealth Stand Still Preference Certificate of Origin

Other Documents include

Non oil export data form

Certificate of Origin

Certificate of Manufacture

Now Check out our

Our Step by Step Guide to Agro Exportation from Nigeria to the United States



Now the quite a long tip sheet for exporting from Nigeria, but a necessary one.

The reason behind all the documentation and fees is to protect you and your international buyer from fraud and wasted expenditure.

In the long run it pays to have all the documentations and fees down to guarantee smooth running of export operations.


That said, there are ways around most of these processes and agencies, that ensure that you spend less time and money exporting your goods.



Free Guide On Exporting From Nigeria

3 thoughts on “Free Guide On Exporting From Nigeria

  1. gudday sir, please what are the documents needed for the exportation of charcoal i.e commercial, transport, tariff and any other documents and how much does each cost. thanks

    1. Hello Olateju

      If you are looking for the required documents for exports, check out over post on export in our blog. also you can check out our store for books that will provide you all you need to know about exporting products from Nigeria.


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