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

  • Trade Hub talks export requirements at food and products conference in Nigeria

    June 5, 2017
    On May 26, the Trade Hub participated in the African Foods and Products Exhibition and Conference in Lagos, Nigeria, hosted by the Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) and attended by food producers, clothing and textiles manufacturers as well as African handcrafts producers. Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, the Nigerian Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment, and Mr. ...
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  • Nigeria apparel makers and customs officials learn AGOA basics for U.S. exports

    May 29, 2017
    Tiskies Global, a Nigerian apparel exporter, attempted its first shipment to the U.S. under the U.S. African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) on May 15. The attempt was unsuccessful due to improper export documentation. Nine days later, a Tiskies representative joined 25 other exporters and Nigerian customs officers to learn more about customs documentation requirements for ...
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  • Your packaging is your ambassador, women entrepreneurs learn at workshop

    May 3, 2017
    Thirty female entrepreneurs from Benin, Burkina Faso and Togo joined their Ghanaian counterparts to learn how to add value and better market their products at an April 25-26 workshop on proper packaging. The Trade Hub’s workshop for members of the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) was also livestreamed to members in Liberia. Led by Mr. Raymond ...
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  • Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce awards plaque to Trade Hub

    April 18, 2017
    The Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) presented the Trade Hub with this plaque in appreciation of the project’s panel presentations during the AGOA Non-Oil Export Training with NAAC in Lagos on April 4, 2017. At the training, three experts from the Hub — Senior AGOA Specialist Mohamed Abou-iiana, Apparel Industry Specialist Emmanuel Odonkor, and Finance and ...
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  • Priming Nigerian exports under AGOA

    April 10, 2017
    Ms. Abimbola Alwaod is a Nigerian small business owner who manufactures soap, melon seed powder and crayfish powder. Ms. Alwaod has tried to export to the U.S. but has been unsuccessful. She said she lacked information on quality and standards requirements and documentation mandated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. ...
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  • Apparel manufacturers in Nigeria’s Abia State learn about AGOA

    April 4, 2017
    Abia State’s commercial capital, Aba, hosted a workshop on March 29 during which more than 150 apparel manufacturers and exporters learned about the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and how to take advantage of the preferential trade agreement. The Nigerian government has identified Abia State as the country’s manufacturing hub, as it is home ...
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  • ACA brings stakeholders together to plan for next decade

    April 4, 2017
    The Trade Hub participated in the African Cashew Alliance (ACA)’s Cashew Stakeholders Forum held in Ghanaian capital Accra on March 29 to develop a joint vision for the growth of the sector in Africa. Organized by the ACA in collaboration with USAID/West Africa and GiZ/Competitive Cashew Initiative (ComCashew), the event presented a detailed status update of ...
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  • Trade Hub partners with Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce to build SMEs’ business-planning skills

    March 20, 2017
    To address a chronic access to finance gap, the Trade Hub and the Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) organized a business-plan development workshop for 15 agribusiness small and medium enterprises (SMEs) on March 8 in Lagos, Nigeria. “One major challenge that hinders businesses’ ability to access finance in the region is poorly developed business plans that ...
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  • Trade Hub spreads the word about AGOA benefits at Global Shea Alliance annual conference

    March 20, 2017
    West African shea processors—including Zikora and Fludor from Benin, Ruby Unique Natural Premium Products from Nigeria and Charles K. Boateng from Ghana—currently export to other African countries and Europe. On March 15, the last day of the 2017 annual conference of the Global Shea Alliance in Cotonou, Benin, around 50 shea butter producers and exporters learned ...
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  • 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. » View photos from the show here Housed in the Africa Pavilion—a joint effort by USAID and the  East, West, ...
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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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