Nigeria

GDP (US$) $481.1 billion, 2015
Population, 182.2 million, 2015
Source: World Bank data

Nigeria flagNigeria boasts West Africa’s largest economy, characterized by strong growth in the past few years, making it an attractive market for regional products and considerable business expansion. However, inadequate power supplies, severe poverty rates and chronic corruption hobble the country’s potential. The West Africa Trade Hub is working in Nigeria to improve private sector capacity in targeted value chains—livestock and cereals for regional trade; shea and mango for global trade—with support from the AGOA Trade Resource Center in Abuja, which informs exporters about trading regulations and requirements regionally as well as to the U.S. and globally.

In Nigeria, the Trade Hub partners with the national government and private sector organizations like the Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC) and regional governmental bodies like Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS), which is headquartered in Abuja. Through its financial advisors network and agreements with financial institutions, the Trade Hub is developing in-country and regional capacity to help firms access finance and investment. The Trade Hub also partners with the Borderless Alliance and others in Nigeria to give truckers and others a resource for getting import, export and transit information—and a channel for reporting bribe requests and obstacles.

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Nigeria 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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  • First Trade Hub webinar livestreams customs training to three West African nations

    February 6, 2017
    About 60 exporters in Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria received customs and regulations training via a Trade Hub webinar on February 1. The pilot effort used YouTube Live to stream a presentation from visiting customs expert Jan Forest on the practicalities of using the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) to export duty-free. Ms. Forest ...
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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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  • Preparing Nigerian firms to exhibit at world’s largest apparel trade show

    January 3, 2017
    Trade Hub apparel experts provided technical assistance in December to two Nigerian apparel companies who will join a West African contingent exhibiting at the Sourcing at Magic Show, February 20-23 in Las Vegas, U.S. From December 6-16, Apparel Value Chain Specialist Mr. Emmanuel Odonkor and Apparel Value Chain Consultant Mr. Bernard Coes worked with two firms—Sam ...
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  • AGOA training looks to drive increase in Nigerian AGOA agriculture and apparel exports

    December 20, 2016
    On December 15 and 16, the Trade Hub in cooperation with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) organized a two day workshop in Lagos, Nigeria. The training sessions aimed to build the capacity of regional officers, Nigerian customs officials, Nigeria Export and Import Bank’s export desk staff, and logistics personnel of shipping companies on AGOA ...
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  • Trade Hub team consults with ECOWAS and regional stakeholders in Nigeria on customs, trade and AGOA programs

    November 14, 2016
    Mohamed Abou iiana, the Trade Hub’s AGOA Senior Specialist and Chongo Mukupa, the Hub’s Trade and Transport Facilitation Specialist, visited Abuja, Nigeria from November 7-11 to consult with the ECOWAS Commission and other regional stakeholders on customs, trade and AGOA programs. The Trade Hub team was accompanied by Moustapha Gnankambary, Senior Trade Facilitator for USAID ...
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  • Trade Hub promotes AGOA awareness and the importance of engaging financial advisers to access finance in Nigeria

    October 17, 2016
    The Trade Hub participated in a three-day SME financing conference and matchmaking exhibition, “Financing Non-oil Export Businesses and Franchises,” organized by the Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, October 5-7, 2016. The conference brought together over 500 participants including representatives from 50 SMEs and investors. The Trade Hub’s AGOA ...
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  • WRAP certification awareness paves way for West African apparel exporters to be globally competitive

    October 17, 2016
    Many international apparel retailers require their sourcing manufacturers have Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) certification, which demonstrates a company’s commitment to socially and environmentally ethical standards. However, a rapid Trade Hub assessment found no West African garment and textile exporter has this certification—and at least one Hub-supported firm lost a potential order in 2016 because it ...
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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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  • Two-tiered approach to financing for large and SME processors and traders across West Africa

    July 11, 2016
    Along two tracks, the Trade Hub is rapidly securing finance and investments for an array of West African companies, from large traders and processors to small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs) owned by women. From April to June 2016, 11 business of all sizes in four countries garnered more than $12 million, more than half of $23 million ...
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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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  • Nigerian investment opportunities abound, apparel sector ripe for comeback

    June 17, 2016
    Trade Hub specialists in finance, investment and apparel traveled through Nigeria in May to lay groundwork for at least $20 million in investment in that country and stimulate export-oriented business growth, particularly in the high-potential apparel sector. Mr. William Addo, the Trade Hub’s finance and investment specialist, attended a local and foreign direct investment summit for ...
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  • Nigerian apparel manufacturer connects with buyers and suppliers at Source Africa 2016

    June 13, 2016
    Crown Natures of Nigeria was among 180 exhibitors who converged in Cape Town, South Africa on June 8-9 for Source Africa 2016. The annual event brings together apparel manufacturers, buyers, suppliers and service providers for both international and African markets to explore an extensive array of products and services from all over the continent. The only ...
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