This ecommerce helps get US, UK, Europe buyers for foodstuff suppliers in Africa

Cokodeal Limited helps local producers in Nigeria supply stores and warehouses, Nigeria foodstuffs in UK, US, Canada, Brazil, Europe and Russia. a leading exporter of commodities and foodstuffs platform has launched a direct foodstuffs supply to stores in US and foreign countries, majorly Afro stores and warehouses.

Cokodeal Director of Communications Akin Omotere says the company believes the market accessibility is perfectly aligned with company mission to connect intra-Africa trade with global markets, and its vision to improve well-being of Africans through trade.
“Afro centric food supply is an incredibly growing market, due to constant migration of Africans to developed nations which has surging demand for local dishes”.

The vast majority of Nigeria local producers and suppliers of foodstuffs do not have the know-how or even where to begin, stated Akin. “This is not about family or individual item sourcing through families and friend’s network which is the norm; seamless electronic digital marketplace order, supply to diaspora market stores and warehouse is a game changer and will create access for many hard working local suppliers producing international standard quality goods he confirmed.
Cokodeal Director of Communications – Akin Omotere states that

To deliver its diaspora African market, Cokodeal has begun partnership with major retailers and distributors in US and UK for Afro foods channels. These distributors have been supplying for years, with an organised large network. “We could not be more excited about our partnership with”- some of the partners highlighted -”we have been in need of a reliable source for quality goods supply from Africa to service our market”

Cokodeal is having an on-going discussion to partner with Fidelity bank for SMEs, to provide banking and financial support for export market transactions and with flutter-wave Rave payment for international funds retrieval for local suppliers to ease the trade flow.

This is a build up for the huge international market access for local foodstuff producers of well over 100million African diaspora consumers.
Over the past years, Cokodeal has been a frontier for connecting local suppliers in Africa with local and international markets – promoting local content. Bringing in quality global buyer contacts for local sellers of produce in Nigeria and other African countries.

It’s safe to say it has gained good traction so far, looking back from where cokodeal started few years ago. With market access to products like; yam flour, cassava, sesame seeds, ogbono, cocoa bean, dried fish have all been exporter through to foreign buyers.
With a niche as unique as this, it is only a matter of time until cokodeal becomes a house-hold name for export. While ecommerce marketplace in Nigeria has been challenging and a revelation, the solutions it has provided so far haven’t quite struck it exactly where it really hurts for the Nigerian economy, but platforms like cokodeal are definitely on the right track and if they keep it up this way, they can really be a force to reckon with in Africa.

Complete guideline on how to register small scale food business with NAFDAC





1.1 Small Scale food industries are businesses that are limited in the amount of activity, little in size when compared with what is typical or average. Staff strength is less than ten, but not more than fifteen and has a share capital business of about five to ten million naira.

1.2 These guidelines are for the general public and in particular individual that wants to engage in manufacturing of Small scale food products.

1.3 Special NAFDAC numbers will be granted to companies in this category.

1.4 These guidelines prescribe the minimum Good Hygiene Practice (GHP) requirements for the facilities, controls to be used in the manufacture, processing and packaging of Small food products to ensure that they meet food safety demands.

1.5 A Small Scale food operation still has to comply with the labelling, adulteration and other provisions found in the Agency regulations, as well as other applicable State or Federal laws.

1.6 No food product should be manufactured, imported, exported, advertised, sold or distributed in Nigeria unless it has been registered in accordance with the provisions of Act Cap F33 LFN 2004. Consequently, a food product shall not be manufactured in Nigeria unless the factory is inspected and certificate of recognition is issued by NAFDAC.

NOTE: The following products listed below Potentially Hazardous Foods/Temperature Controlled for Safety Foods (PHF/TCS) are exempted from registration under Micro scale Industry. Except if otherwise, if the intending applicant(s) has the adequate equipment, facilities and personnel with adequate education/training, experience in the manufacturing, processing and packaging of the product(s):

  1. Meat and meat products
  2. Poultry (Chicken, Eggs, Turkey, Duck)

iii. Fish and Fish products

  1. Milk and dairy products
  2. Cooked rice, bean or vegetable
  3. Baked potatoes

vii. Beverages


viii. Water


2.1 There should be at least 2 or 3 qualified production personnel to perform assigned duties.

2.2 Each personnel engaged in Small Scale Food manufacturing should have:

  1. a) Basic education /Adequate Training
  2. b) Experience

2.3 Personnel should wear protective apparel/gears, such as head, face, hand, and arm coverings to protect products from contamination.

2.4 Personnel should practice good sanitation and hygienic habits.



Building can either be purpose built or part of an existing residential building. The rooms must be demarcated from existing residential accommodation. A separate entrance and exit rooms are provided. None of the rooms must open directly into any source (toilet, bathroom, personal kitchen, etc).


  1. The apartment provided for production can either be a purpose – built structure or an existing standard room, with a detached entrance and exit.
  2. Must be adequate for the orderly placement of equipment and materials to prevent mix-ups between different materials.

iii. Windows and entrance doors should be screened with insect-proof netting and the doors should be self-closing to prevent contamination.

  1. Adequate ventilation, cooling, lighting should be provided in all areas to facilitate easy identification of materials, cleaning, maintenance and proper operations.


All finished products must be stored in a palletized cool dry place following safe, good handling guidelines to prevent contamination and adulteration caused by insect, household chemicals, water damage and insanitary condition. 3


4.1 The design of equipment should be such as to make it adequate and suitable for its Intended use.

4.2 Its layout and design must aim to minimize the risk of mix-ups and permit effective cleaning and maintenance in order to avoid cross contamination, build-up of dust, dirt, food particle or any other contaminant that can affect the quality of the product.

4.3 The parts of the equipment that makes contact with products should be made of non-Toxic/non-reactive materials such as food grade stainless steel etc.


5.1 Raw and packaging materials should be purchased from traceable sources.

5.2 They should be of good quality and standards.

5.3 All incoming materials should be stored under appropriate storage conditions.


Small Scale Food Producing industry are required to send a batch sample of their finished products to a public analyst for comprehensive analysis and document same in a file while rectifying any anomaly in the parameter reading by carrying out the needed process change(s) for the overall product quality conformity.


7.1 Appropriate sanitation measures should be taken to avoid contamination risks of all kinds.

7.2 The entire production area(s) should be cleaned frequently and thoroughly in accordance with the standard operating procedure (SOP) for cleaning.

7.3 Equipment should be thoroughly cleaned in strict compliance to the SOP.

7.4 Water system toilets and washing facilities should be appropriately located, designed, equipped and the sanitation shall be maintained satisfactorily in strict compliance to the SOP”s.

7.5 Eating, Drinking and Smoking should not be permitted when production is ongoing in the production area.

7.6 All operators should wear appropriate protective garments/gowning.

7.7 Production staff should undergo food handler’s test/medical examination at least once a year.

7.8 Persons known to be suffering from communicable diseases or with wounds should be excluded from duty until they are certified medically fit.

7.9 Wastes should be adequately disposed of in strict compliance to the SOP.



The aim of documentation is to define the specification for all materials and methods of manufacture and control, to ensure that all personnel concerned with manufacturing process know what to do and when to do it. The required documentation includes the following:

8.1 Standard Operating Procedure (SOP’s) for Production.(To be filled out)

8.2 Standard Operating Procedure for cleaning of equipment and production area(s). (To be filled out)

8.3 Standard Operating Procedures for Waste Disposal. (To be filled out)

8.4 Food handler’s test certificates

8.5 Fumigation certificates.

8.6 Documentation according to (2) of this guideline.


All consumer complaints must be thoroughly investigated and documented. Step must be taken to prevent future occurrence. If a recall is decided upon, it should be done quickly using the production batch history through the product distribution records. All records of recalled products must be kept. In event of recall, NAFDAC must be fully notified of all actions at receipt of consumer complaint, during investigation and actual recall activity.


Record of product distribution network must be properly kept for easy recall of defective products. Distributors’ names, addresses, fax, phone, email etc. should be obtained.


Products should be handled and transported under conditions which prevent deterioration, contamination, spoilage and breakage to ensure that the product quality is maintained up to the time of delivery to the consumer.

  1. LABEL


Product should be labeled adequately in English language. The label should also contain composition/ingredient(s) list, and within the label should be stated the net weight/volume of content, address, lot/batch number, production date, expiry date, direction for use and NAFDAC registration number.

Note: Nutritional claim(s) are not allowed on the label.


The food product should be registered with NAFDAC upon industry registration and the following documents will be submitted for the processing of the product.

(a) A letter requesting for production inspection addressed to the Acting Director General, NAFDAC and a copy to the Director, Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Directorate (FSAN).

(b) The letter will be accompanied with the following:

 Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Cleaning equipment,

 SOP for Sanitation of environment,

 SOP for Hygiene of personnel.

 Certificate of Food Handlers test for production staff,

 List of equipment,

 Certificate of fumigation,

 Certified copy of Company registration,

 Certificate or Business name,

 Evidence of Trade mark registration,

 Vetted label/primary packaging material and

 Payment receipt of product registration fees.

(c) Filled Product Registration form must be accompanied with all the above listed documents and be submitted to Registration and Regulatory Affairs directorate.

1. 5,000.00 5,000.00 5,000.00 5,000.00 10,000.00

Kindly consult NAFDAC office for updated tariff.


For further enquiries on how to go about it.

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Get your small and medium business trade into export market with help of this company.

Nigerian export start-ups are making efforts at curbing federal government’s dependency on crude oil with much harping on agricultural commodities and minerals, which the country has in abundance. MIKE DOLA, CEO,, which has become one of Nigeria’s local sourcing and export ecommerce marketplace, in this interview with MABEL DIMMA expounds on the Nigeria export market. Dola also tries to unlock the answers to the big question ‘What is Nigeria?’ in terms of its economic focus.


Can you give us an overview of 2017 and innovations you introduced via your platform?


It was a great year as drove export revenues and connected hundreds of SMEs to local and foreign buyers to trade; deepening the market, unlocking values in unexpected places and capturing more of the value. Our highest returns came from the Nigerian foodstuff and commodities export market.


For innovation, yes, users can now directly find and message other businesses for deals on the platform; working with Flutter-wave to integrate Rave, a pan-African payment gateway to help Nigerians receive funds internationally. We also launched the Online Trade Fair, which allows users a few days to display goods in order to get massive exposure for leads and sales


Has Cokodeal moved beyond being on online platform to becoming a full-fledged business enterprise considering some of the services you render?


Yes, Cokodeal is fully an operational business from Abuja, with sales force in Lagos, Kano and Abia states.


In your opinion, what can the government do to encourage individual exporters of produce?


According to a quote I gave in a speech last year, Nigerian government and its allies enjoy crude oil revenue while people create the goods and commodities. If the attention paid to crude oil, can be paid to the enterprises founded by the populace, there will be a surge in wealth of the land and its people.


Also, government needs to believe in its people and expose the opportunity endowed in both its people and land to foreigners through adverts, FDIs and consistent promotions to gain the confidence and trust of foreigners.


A lot of Nigerians need trade education on; how to package goods, begin as an exporter, how to export, where to export, get buyers, ship goods and documentations required. What government can do is to create affordable quality training for individuals and businesses as most quality training available by industry experts are not afforded for most people.


Why is product packaging a key element in export?


It gives a perceived value that helps command good pricing, ensuring top level hygiene, testing and enlisting its nutrients, ingredients, storage instruction and application as may be needed. The entire process helps buyer to trust in the product and understand that the producer has put in more that commands value.


What has reception of the export business been like, and how has it evolved?


The growth of non-oil export driven by Executive Director/ CEO of Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Olusegun Awolowo, has risen by 50 percent year-on-year in the second quarter (Q2) of 2017 compared to previous year and is attributed to the diversification efforts of the federal government, according to NBS. It was reported that cashew nuts alone earned Nigeria N13.5bn- primarily exported to Kazakhstan, Vietnam and India- with other commodities such as; sesame seeds, frozen shrimps and prawn, soya bean and ginger, contributing significantly to the surplus trade balance. Hence, raw materials, agriculture, solid minerals and manufactured goods are witnessing year-on-year growth.


Nigerian business leader Aliko Dangote, told investors, “Agriculture, agriculture, agriculture. Africa will become the food basket of the world.” There are markets out there in need of our long list of resources that we need to break into and trade. According to a recent report by CNN, Nigeria is the largest exporter of cassava with an average volume of 50m tonnes yearly. But for Nigeria businesses to explore further into exportation, they have to worry about getting international buyers, documentation and logistics.


This is what Cokodeal is solving with its marketplace platform which facilitates trade between verified local exporters and trusted international buyers, generating volume of forex for the nation. The reception is huge; Nigeria does underestimate its export market potential, and it is big enough to sustain our economy. We receive hundreds of calls daily from different exporters and small traders to get their goods beyond the shores of Nigeria. Meanwhile, accessibility and trust has been the most important issues.


How does Cokodeal export contract work?


Buyers from different part of the globe send Cokodeal export contract deals or offers and then Cokodeal goes through its verified member database, and in turn send information to qualified businesses. The supplier signs the agreement and Cokodeal oversee a successful transaction on both ends, with an escrow service to remit funds on fulfilling order promised.


Do you have an average or exact volume of export for Cokodeal in 2017?


Averagely above N1billion.


The drive for made-in-Nigeria products reduced during the last quarter of 2017, what do you think was responsible for that?


Crude oil and its derivatives which serve as the economic strength of our nation have slid us into dependency, causing us to lose sight of our economic competencies. The “made in Nigeria” initiative fired up because our finance base was literally crunched at that time, but as soon as the oil price bounced back, the government relaxed. However, the initiative woke up a few Nigerians and today they are locally producing, but if the government is not fully ready, some of us are ready to lead the paradigm shift and kill crude oil dependency. We will leverage on our core competency and comparative advantage which are agro products, commodities and the strengthening of enterprising Nigerians to mitigate future economic global shock.


Emerging countries are already creating other products that will not hinder crude oil production, but render it useless, thereby causing a total collapse for sole dependent economies on oil. It is clear we have to change the sail or wait for our ship to hit the iceberg.


What is your take on the recently commissioned Kaduna dry inland port and the subsequent ones planned?


Linkage and opportunity; government is trying and making progress, it will unlock trade channels and distribution from the north, because the northern part of Nigeria serves as a huge source of food and commodities.


Many years back China internally developed, the outcome was a runway in global supplies. Dubai and the UAE communities understood many years back the existential value of oil; and developed huge infrastructure investments, cargo airports, open water channels, ports, and other amenities. Take note the Chinese government could not play alone in the structural build of trade in its country, private companies like has created an international market for its local suppliers as this has driven an increase in GDP.


Nigeria government is working and not alone; there are needs for organised private sectors to corroborate to build a robust trade network and technology infrastructure to see the nation rise from not only Africa’s largest economy to Africa’s gateway to trade.


Were there any collaborations and partnerships that Cokodeal was involved in last year and any plans to continue such?


Over the course of the past few years, Cokodeal had fostered partnerships with trade associations in Nigeria, some international chambers of commerce; forging partnerships with Nigerian banks and other trade agencies. Cokodeal is also looking forward to partnerships with Fidelity Bank, NEXIM, BOI, FMITI and NYSC- to create hundreds of jobs in partnership with NYSC for the citizens through a programme it is pioneering; Nigeria Youth Trade Ambassadors (NYTA)- and provide support for businesses under the umbrella body of the above institutions.


What things are in the front burner for Cokodeal this 2018?


We are looking at scale, partnership and marketing. Over the previous years we have been able to test our ideas, understand the people and business need by speaking with over a thousand operating business managers, what their challenges are, and solutions they are ready to pay for. This has helped guide us in building a more marketable product, fit to provide solutions to millions of people faced with same challenges. We are also taking it further to leverage the multi-platform to new partners in different localised regions to scale up the business for more impact.


Forging on-going partnerships, we are presently working with new trade channels to drive huge volume of exports for Nigerian producers and Africa at large, leveraging on networks to reach more markets, and support government with its diversification goals. Partnering with government agencies as highlighted above to provide its members effective trade knowledge to stop cutting corners and help government receive its dues from trade.


Marketing has been a big one for us, as many do encourage Cokodeal to do more marketing. In the past years, what we have done is mainly organic traffic and that brings only customers that are very interested in what we do directly to us through online search. For example, when you search for “foodstuff export in Nigeria, how to get foreign buyers” we happen to be number 1 on Google, these type of keywords have earned us quality customers.


We also engaged in direct relations with different Nigeria trade groups to reach members under their umbrella bodies directly. However, now we will be taking it up further by having more digitally displayed ads and engaging in more traditional advert methods for a wider reach, for Cokodeal to become a brand leader in its market niche of bulk local produce sourcing and export.


Casting our minds back to the initial question asked, what does Nigeria stand for?

The answer is straight forward, Nigeria is a mineral and agriculture commodities trader, so we can say Nigeria is a commodity economy. Let’s make our nation work for its people.

Top 14 agricultural products you can invest into in Nigeria with export business statistics

Top 14 Agricultural Product Exports in Nigeria – (2016 Q3)

The National Bureau of Statistics publishes data on Nigeria’s Foreign Trade. The data is published on a quarterly basis and details the value of goods imported into Nigeria as well as those exported outside Nigeria.

This table outlines the top agricultural products exported out of Nigeria for the 3rd quarter of 2016.

How do I start exporting business, documentation, what to export and where to

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Exporting From Nigeria

The commonly asked question by intending exporters is what products can be exported from Nigeria. Before identifying exportable products. It is important that a beginner knows that export business involves a number of procedures and documentation to be taken before lunching out on the international platform. The procedures and documentation are:


Registration with Nigerian Export Promotion Council:

Procedures for Registration are as follows:

Organizations eligible for registration as exporters are:


  1. Limited Liability Company
  2. Co-operative Societies registered by State Ministry of Commerce and FCDA and
  • Government and Non-Government Organizations duly registered by Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)


Intending exporter can buy Exporters Registration Form at the cost of N500.00. On completion, applicants are expected to pay N5,000.00 (Kindly confirm updated rate) processing fee and submit the form with the following documents:


  1. Photocopy of Company’s Certificate of Incorporation;
  2. Certifies True Copy of Memorandum and Articles of Association
  • Certified True Copy of Form CO7, in case of Limited Liability Company or a copy of the Law establishing the agency in case of Government Organisation.


Please note that the schedule officer is expected to sight the original copies of the above documents.


Exportable Products:-


The products that can be exported are numerous depending on the exporters’ areas of interest, finances at his or her disposal and then the availability of the product(s). However, one needs to know that there are products prohibited from exportation. These are:


  1. Timber (Rough or Sawn)
  2. Raw hides and skin including wet blue and all unfinished leather.
  • Maize
  1. Scrap Metal
  2. Unprocessed Rubber Latex and Rubber Lumps
  3. Artifacts and Antiquities
  • Wild life Classified as endangered species and their products, e.g. Crocodiles, Elephants, Lizard, Eagle, Monkey, Zebra, Lion, to mention a few.


Exportable products could be classified into five major categories including:


Agriculture Products e.g. Charcoal, Chilies (Dried) Cocoa Beans, Coffee, Gum Arabic, Sesame Seeds, Shear nuts, Shear Butter, Shrimps, Cassava, Cashew nuts

Export Destination: Europe


Processed foods e.g. Cassava flour, Yam flour, Ground Rice, Vegetable Oil

Export Destination: Cassava (Europe) African countries.


Solid Minerals e.g. Zinc Ore, Lead Ore, Copper, Calcium, Carbonate, Marble, Tantalite, Wolframite, Iron Ore, Gem Stones.

Export Destination: Europe and Asia


Manufactured Products e.g. Alcoholic beverages, Cosmetics and Soaps, Detergents, Chemicals, Cocoa Cake, Cocoa butter, Malt drinks, Insecticides, Electrical wires, Furniture Component.

Export Destination: Cocoa Cake & Cocoa butter (Europe) African Countries.


Handicrafts e.g. Talking Drums, Calabash Carvings, Wood Carvings, Beads, Pottery, Metals Carvings, Hand – Woven textiles, Raffia products.

Export Destination: Europe and U. S.


Documents Required when Exporting


Correct documentation, therefore, is the lubricant of international trade and its importance cannot be overemphasized. Incorrect documents cause delays at ports when clearing the goods through customs, resulting in extra costs, failure to meet delivery dates and, in some cases, seizure of such goods. Unfortunately, some exporters fail to realize the importance of correct documentation and thus develop bad reputation for their export business. In order to save extra costs and possible delays the point of import, the potential exporter should ensure that he is full acquainted with all aspects of the actual procedure involved in getting the goods from factory/farm gate to the consignee. It is therefore, important to know what documentation will be needed to get the goods out of the country of production and into the foreign market with the least possible delay and expense.

Exporting requires a lot of documentation, specifically, all exporters are expected to complete form NXP (Nigerian Export Proceeds) and pay the mandatory levy. Clean Certificate of Inspection is issued by the Federal Government appointed inspection Agent (Cobalt International Services Limited) as contained under the Nigerian Export Supervisory Scheme which requires that all exporters pay 0.5% of the FOB value of their exports.


Export document vary according to nature of product and destination. Below is a categorization of export documents:


Commercial Documents

  • Profoma Invoice
  • Commercial Invoices
  • Consular Invoice
  • Certified Invoice and
  • Parking list


Quality Documents

  • Certificate of Quality and Fumigation (FPIS)
  • Phyto-sanitary Certificate (PQSO)
  • NAFDAC Certificate of Quality
  • Certificate of Quality by (SON)
  • ISO Certificate


Transport Documents

  • Bill of Lading
  • Airway bill / Road way bill
  • National Maritime Authority Form E-3.2
  • Single Goods Declaration (SGD)


Tariffs Concession Documents

  • Form EUR 1
  • GSP Certificate
  • ECOWAS TLS Certificate of Origin and Movement Certificates
  • Commonwealth Stand Still Preference Certificate of Origin



Other Documents include:

Non oil export data form

Certificate of Origin

Certificate of Manufacture


Permit to export Solid Minerals from Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development.


What Constitutes Export Readiness?

Good Products

  • Market Driven Designs. Products that are consistent with the market taste
  • Can be adapted to buyers specs
  • Designs adapted to facilitate shipping
  • Presented in complete line, or families of products (important)
  • Consistent quality control
  • Solid construction
  • Made with quality materials
  • Competitive price research the market


Production Capacity

  • Able to produce in large quantities
  • Ability to grow as orders increase
  • Sufficient production staff
  • Appropriate tools for increased production



  • Working telephone, fax, mobile phone and email
  • Computer literacy
  • Printed materials

Brochures, pamphlets

  • Printed order forms, receipts, bills, etc
  • Print or digital photo catalog


Administration Systems


  • Easy to use accounting systems
  • Up to date record keeping system
  • Inventory and stock control
  • Order management calendars
  • Costing and pricing evaluation systems


Vision for Growth

  • The exporter must research markets and opportunities as well as constraints to come up with a viable vision. This should include specific steps to growth.


Export Incentives

The Federal Government through NEPC put in place the Export Expansion Grant Scheme (EEG) to boost export and ensure the competitiveness of made in Nigeria products in the international markets. Beneficiary of the scheme are paid in Negotiable Duty Credit Certificate (NDDC).


Applicable percentage grant is determined by set guidelines. The maximum percentage is 30 while the minimum is 15%.


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Relevant Internet Sites on Exports.


The following internet sources provide credible trade leads:

intlTrade Network provides advertisements of exports and imports via the internet. Original trade advertisements are relayed world-wide by e-mail to subscribers.

ProTrade Forum home page is CompuServe’s special trade section for traders, importers and exporters.

Trade Match (SM) is an interactive medium and services for international traders to access potential buyers/sellers.

Trade Compass is an internet information system designed specifically for business and organizations engaged in international commerce.

The homepage of Trade Point USA, the site for UNCTAD’s (United Nations program of providing trade leads and trade backup for developing nations. Includes trade leads, market information and UN documents.

The Global Trade Point Development Centre is an initiative of the United Nations Trade Point Development Centre (UNTPDC) to provide standards, software and opportunities for trade lead dissemination particularly to small business in less developed nations.



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