Importation & Exportation

How To Obtain Export License For Agricultural Products In Nigeria

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Written by Uche Francis

In Nigeria, exportation of Agricultural produce and other related products not necessarily crude oil are referred to as non-oil export. These exportations are basically left for third parties to leverage and make huge returns from it. However, before you can gear into this opportunity, you need what we call an export license.

To avoid losing you to google, an Export license is simply an export control document issued by a government agency to grant permission for the exportation of certain products. On the area of agriculture, this export license serves as a means for the government to ensure that the exportation of agricultural products like cocoa, bitter cola, cashew nuts, stock fish etc are placed in the hands of capable individuals/companies.

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Through the issuance of this export license, the government is also able to monitor and be sure that only good, quality and unprohibited Agricultural products that meet the standard of the countries they are being exported to that are actually being exported. Register exporters, and have a record of all those authorised to export Agric products for easy dissemination of information and acceptance/approval by foreign countries.

So if you plan to start up an export business in Nigeria, such as the import-export agent or broker we talked about earlier. Or simply want to go into the exportation of agricultural produce from Nigeria as an individual or corporate abroad, this post is for you.

In this post, we’ve talked and will be looking deep into export licenses. What an export license for agricultural products is and look like, requirements for obtaining it, where to get them, list of agricultural products exportable using this licenses, procedures and guide on how to get this export license for your Agric produce for both individuals and corporate. So without wasting much time, let’s dive in…

Where To Get An Agric Export License In Nigeria

As discussed earlier in our previous post here, licensing for the exportation of agric products is handled by the Nigerian agency known as Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NPEC). Applications can be made online or through their offices at different locations in Nigeria.

You can contact them through their Corporate  Headquarters at

Plot 424, Aguiyi Ironsi Street,

Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria

Contact Emails: ceo@nepc.gov.ng, enquiry@nepc.gov.ng, info@nepc.gov.ng

Call Center: +234(0)9 291 0966

For more details, check out NPEC full contact locations

NPEC Agric Export License Requirements

  • You must have a limited liability company (LTD) duly registered with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). As the documents there such as Certificate of incorporation, Form C07 and Memorandum of article and association will be required for your export license registration (this makes it practically impossible to register as an individual).
  • If your company is registered more than FOUR (4) years back, there is need to revalidate your form C07.
  • You as the Director of the company must have a valid ID card (Driver licence, Voters card, or International passport or National ID card)

Duration & Cost

Before now, to register and obtain your export license from NPEC, you have to do it offline at any of their offices. It usually cost a total of N11,000 in which N1,000 is for the registration form and N10,000 is for processing. After which you will then have to wait for at least 1 week to get the license.

But now, everything has been taken online and takes as little as 24 hours to be done. Practically, you can do the registration online from the comfort of your home, pay the delivery charge of N2,500 and get it delivered to you at your doorstep.

See the current rates and charges,

SN


Services


Charges (N)


1


New Registration


13,500


2


Renewal of Old Certificate


13,500


3


Late Renewal of Old Certificate


13,500


4


Mutilated Old Certificate


13,500


5


Lost Old Certificate


13,500


NOTE: All certificates issued before 3rd April 2017 on expiry will be required to migrate to the online platform by registering for a new certificate on the platform. Prices after Migration are as follows;

SN


Services


Charges (N)


1


Renewal of Certificate


7,500


2


Late Renewal of Certificate


12,500


3


Mutilated Certificate


12,500


4


Lost Certificate


12,500


NOTE: NPEC Shipping fee for completed licenses is ₦2,500 nationwide.

Exportable & Non-Exportable Agricultural Products

Before going ahead with the registration, it might interest you to know the list of agricultural produce that can actually be exported using this license or rather products that are considered exportable as well as those that are non-exportable.

This will help you know whether or not, your chosen product for export is supported before going through the rigour.

Popular exportables include; Cassava flour, Cotton, Snail, Ginger, garlic, Leather and Footwear,  Palm Kernel Oil, Cocoa butter, Cashew nuts, Charcoal, Rubber, Pure Honey, shrimp, yam.

For the long list of exportable products, click here. For the non-exportable products, see the Agric export prohibition list.

How To Get Your Agric Export License

Like I said earlier, registration for this license is now easy and available online. So instead of looking for whom to help you get it done (like most people do on Nairaland) simply because of location restrictions and end up getting scammed, quickly log on to NPEC Online Registration Portal from your laptop or smartphone to create an account and subsequently complete the registration without moving an inch.

Conclusion

That’s just about all you need in the area of legalities and license to export agricultural products from Nigeria to other countries of choice. I will implore you to leverage it well and get authorizations before going ahead with your exportation to avoid running into troubles. As that’s what you will get if you go ahead without an export permit.

For more guidance, information and tips to help your export business, you can as well make yourself a new friend at the agency. Since they are the experts and happen to meet and roll with lots of exporters in the same area you are vying for – they will definitely have a lot to spill.

For questions, don’t hesitate to give me a call using the comment box below. I reply in seconds…

About the author

Uche Francis

Am a self-published author, blogger, tech enthusiast, transport manager and I love Information. Love to Write and the Internet is my home.