Benin

GDP (US$) $8.29 billion, 2015
Population, 10.88 million, 2015
Source: World Bank data

Benin flagOne of Africa’s smallest countries, Benin’s coastal location makes it an ideal market for both regional and international trade and exports, including in many Trade Hub-supported products and commodities—livestock for regional trade and cashew, shea, and apparel for global trade. The AGOA Trade Resource Center in Cotonou promotes trade and export development and helps companies understand requirements and regulations for regional and international trade.

In Benin, the Trade Hub partners with the national government like the Direction Générale des Impôts, regional government organizations, and private sector associations. Agreements with financial institutions allow the Trade Hub to bolster its network of financial advisors to support firms within Hub-targeted value chains. The Trade Hub also works in Benin with the Borderless Alliance and others to address high transit fees and other impediments to national economic growth.

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Benin News

  • Sourcing at MAGIC energizes business opportunities for West African apparel

    February 27, 2017
    Eye-catching prints and styles, coupled with an open-concept booth design, drew scores of potential buyers to learn about West African apparel and production capacity at the Sourcing at MAGIC trade show in Las Vegas, February 20-23, 2017. Housed in the Africa Pavilion—a joint effort by USAID and the  East, West, and Southern Africa Trade and Investment ...
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  • Lights, camera: West African apparel!

    February 20, 2017
    As West African clothing takes the spotlight this week at the Sourcing at MAGIC tradeshow, visitors will be able to watch a new video showcasing the region’s advantages. As explained by USAID, the West Africa Trade and Investment Hub, and apparel companies themselves, the “West Africa Advantage” offers: duty-free exporting to the U.S. with 30% ...
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  • Trade Hub and EAA prep West African factories for world’s largest apparel show

    January 23, 2017
    With approximately a month to the Sourcing at MAGIC show, the Trade Hub and Ethical Apparel Africa (EAA) on January 17 conducted a planning workshop to strategize with participating factories on how the West Africa delegation would put its best foot forward at the Feb 20-23 event in Las Vegas. EAA presented on “Production and apparel: ...
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  • Marketing the West African advantage at Las Vegas apparel show

    January 9, 2017
    Six apparel makers from Benin, Ghana and Nigeria will exhibit at the world’s largest clothing trade show, February 20 to 23, joining dozens of producers from all over Africa to connect with leading global buyers. Sponsored by the Trade Hub and its partner, Ethical Apparel Africa, the six firms will showcase several categories of apparel— ...
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  • Growing appreciation for Benin-based shirt maker in the UK

    January 9, 2017
    “Shirt was a big hit in London Town…” “We love them. So cool, and the quality is excellent…” “You were right, the girls loved my shirt; another party tonight, and I am going to wear the other one.” These are just a few of the many comments customers have sent to UK-based Irvine Shirts about its new line ...
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  • In Benin, Trade Hub partnership will address aflatoxin contamination in cereals sourcing

    December 29, 2016
    Breweries and other industrial cereals buyers in West Africa prefer to source internationally due to aflatoxin contamination in regionally produced grains. Aflatoxins—caused by certain molds that occur in soil, decaying vegetation, and grains—seriously hinder regional cereals trade, and lead to serious health risks, including stunted growth, cancer, and death. To tackle this in Benin, the Trade ...
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  • Benin becomes fourth West African country to drop trade barrier at Hub’s urging

    December 29, 2016
    In direct violation of the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS), the certificate of origin (COO) requirement hinders the free movement of agricultural goods across West African borders. The Trade Hub’s direct advocacy efforts have helped eliminate this requirement in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, and now, Benin. This month, the Government of Benin agreed to enforce ...
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  • Agreement reached on Hub support for livestock sector through regional & Ghanaian associations

    December 5, 2016
    The board of directors of West Africa’s livestock association met with Trade Hub leadership on upcoming priorities to develop the sector at a Nov. 15-16 meeting in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. At the board meeting of COFENABVI (Confédération des Fédérations Nationales de la filière de bétail et viande de l’Afrique de l’Ouest), all parties reviewed priorities ...
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  • With Trade Hub support, RESIMAO continues to build its organizational capacity

    October 10, 2016
    From September 26-30, representatives from ten RESIMAO member countries met in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Their objective was to ratify RESIMAO’s procedures manual and three-year communications plan, developed in collaboration with the Trade Hub. RESIMAO, the regional market information system organization, collects commodity-related pricing data on a weekly basis from members in 12 West African countries ...
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  • The Trade Hub’s new AGOA specialist draws on prior experiences in AGOA and regional trade

    August 31, 2016
    USAID’s West Africa Trade and Investment Hub welcomes Mr. Kara Diallo as a new African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Specialist. Mr. Diallo will be based in the Trade Hub office in Dakar, Senegal and will coordinate and support the activities of all AGOA Trade Resource Centers (ATRCs) in West Africa. This includes managing Trade ...
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  • WAGN to new trainers: “You are now our ambassadors!”

    August 24, 2016
    Over the past year, the Trade Hub has collaborated with the West African Grains Network (WAGN) to organize trainings to help traders understand the value of written contracts as a way to build trust between trading partners, increase the quality of cereals traded, ensure the use of grades and standards, and develop financial records that ...
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  • Abidjan hosts fourth Regional Cereals Exchange

    August 3, 2016
    In Cote d’Ivoire’s commercial capital, 115 West African stakeholders (including 39 women) from nine countries participated in the fourth cereals exchange organized by the Trade Hub in collaboration with Afrique Verte and the West African Grain Network (WAGN). The July 26-27 event in Abidjan offered a platform for producers and traders to negotiate costs, quantities, quality, ...
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  • Textile travel and luggage goods now duty-free!

    July 7, 2016
    Textile travel and luggage goods—including backpacks, handbags, and wallets—are now eligible for duty-free treatment when exported from Least Developed Beneficiary Developing Countries and those eligible under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Several West African countries fall in either or both these categories, giving the region a competitive cost advantage over non-African manufacturers ...
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  • West African apparel makers host visits

    April 25, 2016
    International clothing retailers toured apparel factories in Ghana and Benin in April, accompanied by the Trade Hub’s Apparel Value Chain Specialist, Emmanuel Odonkor, and Ethical Apparel Africa (EAA). Buyers showed interest in West Africa as part of a diversified sourcing strategy—as well as in the region’s unique fabric offerings. A team from large Australian fashion retailer ...
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  • Trade Hub-supported sustainability pilot elevates the social standing of women in shea

    March 4, 2016
    In mid-January, the Trade Hub’s Grants and Capacity Building team traveled to Northern Ghana to visit women’s groups participating in a year-long Global Shea Alliance (GSA) warehouse sustainability training pilot, funded by a Trade Hub grant. During the week-long trip, the team visited these groups and toured their warehouses to measure the impact of GSA ...
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