In Nigeria, apparel and leather producers learn best practices for exports

Executive Director of the Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce Ms. Joyce Okpata (left) presenting a certificate to one of the participants after the workshop. Photo credit: Mr. Emmanuel Odonkor, Trade Hub.

The Trade Hub offered nine Nigerian companies an extensive step-by-step workshop for exporting goods to U.S. markets under the African Growth and Opportunity Act at a two-day apparel and leather training in the country’s commercial hub, Lagos.

Led by Mr. Emmanuel Odonkor, the Trade Hub’s Apparel Value Chain Specialist, and organized by the Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce, the October 19-20 training attracted nine participants from the country’s apparel and leather sectors who sought to learn international best practices and strategies for entering U.S. markets.

Mr. Odonkor explained the importance of employing and adhering to best practices, particularly Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) requirements.

“When you comply with worldwide social, environmental, and occupational health requirements, you will not find it difficult to get orders from international buyers, most of whom demand social responsibility from manufacturers,” Mr. Odonkor told participants.

Participants also learned how to prepare for international trade shows such as Sourcing at MAGIC, Source Africa, and Origin Africa.

Senior Trade Hub AGOA Specialist, Dr. Mohamed Abou iiana also worked with participants during the two-day workshop to outline AGOA’s components, its benefits, rules of origin for textiles and apparel, and the significance of quality, price, and timely delivery.

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