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How to begin export in Nigeria, Registration, documents and Procedure

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HOW TO BEGIN EXPORT IN NIGERIA

E-REGISTRATION

When you want to export from Nigeria you are obliged to register at NEPC. You can only register as an exporter via the e-registration platform. This page presents all the information you need to know about obtaining an Exporter’s Certificate from NEPC.

Additional benefits
Besides the fact that you need an exporter’s certificate for exports, registering at NEPC gives you a lot of additional advantages:

• you have the availability to trade promotion support services from NEPC
• you are able to request NEPC administered (pre- and post-) export incentives
• you can register for numerous trainings, clinics, seminars, and more
• you can collaborate and exchange ideas through a network of exporters

Guidelines & procedures

Before you can proceed and register as an exporter you have to take some preparations. There are documents required for completing the full registration process. The required documents depend on your type of company:

DOCUMENTS FOR LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY
• Certificate of Incorporation (issued by the Corporate Affairs Commission)
• Certified True Copy of Memorandum and Articles of Association
• Current Certified True Copy of From CAC 1.1 – “section C” (Particulars of Directors). This is formerly known as: Form C07 or Form CAC 7.

DOCUMENTS FOR CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY
• Certificate of Registration (issued by State Ministry of Commerce, Local Governments and Federal Capital Territory Area Councils)
• Bye Laws of the Society

DOCUMENTS FOR GOVERNMENT AND NON-GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION
• Certificate of Registration (issued by the Corporate Affairs Commission)
• Constitution of the Government Organization and non-Governmental Organization
• Memorandum for Guidance of Applicant

When you have all the documents at hand you can start the registration procedure on the e-registration portal (link at bottom of page). Register at the portal, log in and start the e-registration for exporters. Include all requested documents in your registration.

Fees & charges
Obtaining an exporters certificate involves some costs. Different charges apply for different situations:
• New certificate registration – N13,500
• Expired certificate renewal – N7,500
• Late certificate renewal – N12,500
• Lost / mutilated certificate – N12,500

Note: The E-registration platform was launched on the 3rd of April, 2017 and only companies registered after this date will be eligible for renewals. All companies registered before this date with expired certificates will need to migrate to the new platform by registering afresh for a new certificate.

Payment methods
After you filled out all the requested information you have to pay for your registration. There are several payment methods available, including:
• Nigerian local cards
• International credit / debit cards
• Internet banking
• Commercial bank branch in Nigeria

Payment confirmation
After you have paid for your registration, you should always confirm the payment:
1. Copy the Order ID from your certificate (see Transactions Log)
2. Input it in the field besides Get Status
3. Click on Get Status to confirm your payment
4. You will receive a notification of the status of your payment

Service timeline
The council aims to issue certificates as soon as possible. Normally within 1 working day after payment is confirmed by the system. Please note that issuance of your certificate could be delayed by payment delays, issues with documents or insufficient information supply.

Alternative options for registration
It is only possible to register online for an exporter certificate. Having any reservations? Please contact NEPC directly via the online chat. Alternatively you can also visit the NEPC export assistance office closest to you.

LINK TO REGISTER BELOW

E-registration

EXPORT DOCUMENTS & PROCEDURES
To export from Nigeria you should follow the appropriate export procedure. This is a formal process in conducting international trade in Nigeria. Certain export documents are attached to this procedure. Export documentation is necessary to facilitate exports of goods and services.

Importance and advantages
Following the structured export procedure will give you a better understanding of the full export process. Therewith your company will benefit from the right and up-to-date knowledge you receive by following the right procedure. Besides, it leads to:

• minimising your export risks
• ensuring that exported goods conform to importing country specifications
• meeting buyer requirements for export by providing evidence of origin and delivery
• supporting you to formalise your export business
• supporting you in qualifying for export incentives

Needed export documents
For the full formal export procedure you will need certain export documents per step of the process. The needed documents are shown in the complete overview below:

EXPORTER REGISTRATION DOCUMENT
The first step of your export procedure is registration as an exporter at NEPC. In order to venture into export business this is obliged. In summary:
• Document issued – exporter’s certification
• Issued by – NEPC
• Relevant because – it licenses you as exporter and makes you eligible for NEPC-benefits
If you want to know how to obtain this document, please check our e-registration page.

EXPORT CONTRACT DOCUMENT
An export contract is an agreement between seller and buyer on the terms of export business:
• Document issued – a signed export contract
• Issued by – you as exporter and the importer
• Relevant because – it spells out the obligations of buyer and seller

QUALITY ASSURANCE DOCUMENTS
Quality assurance documents help you to ensure your exported goods conform to food safety measures (as stated by international conventions and possibly agreed terms of the contract). Using international recognised bodies is very important. Relevant documents include:
• phytosanitary certificate for agricultural commodities (issued by NAQS)
• health certificate for processed and semi-processed food items (issued by NAFDAC)
• international veterinary certificate for animals and animal products (issued by DVPCS)
• fumigation certificate for agricultural commodities (issued by FPIS, part of FMITI)
Want to find out more regarding quality competent authorities (QCAs) and the associated documents? Check out the detailed information about QCAs!

COMMERCIAL DOCUMENTS
The commercial documents display product values and quantities. The documents are both prepared and issued by the exporter and include:
• Commercial invoice – indicating the value of goods for export in the currency of transaction
• Packing list – indicating the unit packaging and total quantity of goods intended for exports

FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS
The preparation of financial documents shows evidence of financial transaction between buyer and seller. It also shows conformance with the financial regulation for exports. Summarising it includes:
• Document issued – Nigeria Export Proceed form (NXP)
• Issued by – commercial bank
• Relevant because – it captures the value of the export transaction for economic development purposes. It is also a major prerequisite for accessing the Export Expansion Grant (export incentive)

• Document issued – commercial invoice
• Issued by – you as exporter
• Relevant because – it indicates the value of the goods for export in currency of transaction. It is also useful for processing the NXP

• Document issued – final invoice
• Issued by – you as exporter
• Relevant because – it indicates the actual value of the goods exported in currency of transaction for the purpose of payment by the importer

GOODS MOVEMENT DOCUMENTS
This deals with all aspects of the delivery of goods to the buyer in the medium specified in the export contract. Documents involved can include:

• Document issued – Clean Certificate of Inspection (CCI)
• Issued by – government appointed Pre-Shipment Inspection Agencies (PIAs)
• Relevant because – it ascertains the quality, quantity and price competitiveness of Nigerian exports

• Document issued – Certificate of Weight and Quality
• Issued by – independent quality assessors (e.g. SGS, Bureau Veritas) agreed by seller and buyer
• Relevant because – it ensure the goods conform to the quality standards and weight as stated in the contract

• Document issued – Certificate of Origin
• Issued by – National Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA)
• Relevant because – it indicates the origin of goods, needed for e.g. trade agreement benefits

• Document issued – Bill of Lading (shipping document)
• Issued by – shipping agencies
• Relevant because – it indicates the details of goods transported by sea

• Document issued – Air Way Bill (shipping document)
• Issued by – airlines
• Relevant because – it indicates the details of goods transported by air

• Document issued – Road Transport Bill (shipping document)
• Issued by – logistics companies
• Relevant because – it indicates the details of goods transported by road

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http://www.cokodeal.com/index.php?option=registration&task=sellerregister

Article credit: Nigeria export promotion council NEPC

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