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Africa: Stakeholders identifies why Nigerian non-oil exports are rejected in other countries

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Lack of information, disregard for basic requirements and inadequate policy engagement as some of the reasons why many of the non-oil goods exported from Nigeria to other countries, especially developed countries, are rejected according to International trade experts and non-oil exports enthusiasts in the sector.

According to punchng.com, the experts, including Mrs Elizabeth Nwankwo, Mr Abdullahi Sidi Aliyu, and Mr Femi Boyede, highlighted the challenges at the September edition of a monthly webinar series tagged ‘Talking trade with Femi Boyede’, where issues concerning the exportation of non-oil products and services are discussed.

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Nwankwo, who was the lead speaker, spoke on ‘Scaling the Hurdles in the Export Business: An exporter’s case study’, said the first step in export business was to understand that every product had peculiar requirements in the international market.

She noted, for instance, that there is a certain quantity of preservatives that could be applied to a farm produce for it to be accepted. “In the case of beans, for instance, 0.01 microgram of glycol is the percentage required if it is to be accepted,” Nwankwo, who is the CEO /Director Oklan Best Foods, said.

She advised exporters to be familiar with the requirements of the goods they want to export, adding that there is the need to educate the farmers on how to preserve their produce.

Also, Aliyu, an international trade expert and CEO of A.S. Dynamic Ventures Limited, said product rejection has a big implication for the country, noting that there are agencies of government that are supposed to guide exporters.

Boyede, a Canada-based Nigerian international trade expert, said non-oil exports include services and that those who export such should know the rules guiding them.

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He pleaded with exporters to do their due diligence for every product they want to export. He said in Canada for instance, yam from Nigeria is not allowed but that if a Ghanaian buys yam from Nigeria and sends it from their country, the yam would be accepted.

“That is why we are saying there is a need for policy engagement between Nigeria and countries where our products are needed,” he

On port congestion, Aliyu advised the government to open up other ports to reduce the pressure on the Lagos ports. He shared a personal experience of how a product he sent to Canada for Christmas did not reach the country until five months into the New Year.

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