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

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… Read More

Nigeria apparel makers and customs officials learn AGOA basics for U.S. exports

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… Read More

Your packaging is your ambassador, women entrepreneurs learn at workshop

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.… Read More

Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce awards plaque to Trade Hub

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… Read More

Priming Nigerian exports under AGOA

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.… Read More

Apparel manufacturers in Nigeria’s Abia State learn about AGOA

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… Read More

ACA brings stakeholders together to plan for next decade

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… Read More

Trade Hub partners with Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce to build SMEs’ business-planning skills

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… Read More

Trade Hub spreads the word about AGOA benefits at Global Shea Alliance annual conference

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… Read More

Sourcing at MAGIC energizes business opportunities for West African apparel

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… Read More

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