From Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan
The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) and a product development expert, Mr. Femi Aderibigbe, have urged current and potential exporters to adhere to standards and requirements of the international market while going global.
Speaking at a workshop organized by the African Growth and Opportunity Act(AGOA) Trade Resource Centre (ATRC) of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, to sensitize current and potential exporters on the requirements and standards of entering the global market, the Oyo State Advisor of NEPC, Mr.Joseph Ogungbade, urged the exporters to adhere to the international market standards.
Ogungbade who pointed out that the standards are high, however said opportunities in export business are huge.
On her part, the Head of AGOG Trade Resource Centre of NEPC, Mrs Omobolanle Emmanuel, urged exporters to seek eligible products and produce massively.
She charged them to strive to meet up with the requirements of export business in order to avoid rejection.
“Exporters should seek for the products that are eligible and embrace genuine documents that the USA markets require. They need to meet these requirements so that their products would not suffer rejection”, she maintained while pointing out that opportunities in the export business are huge.
The product development expert who was the guest speaker on the occasion , Femi Aderibigbe urged intending exporters not to cut corners but adhere to the best international standards.
“Do right thing, no matter the cost so that people will not find faults in your products. Don’t cut corners. It is important that your facility is registered”, Mr. Aderibigbe said while pointing out that for quality control, they need to register with Plant Quarantine Services of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, the Standards Organization of Nigeria(SON) and National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). He added that NEPC certificate is equally key.
He added: “Our products are good. Let’s believe in them and patronize them. All we need to do is to go extra mile”.
In a remark, an exporter, Mrs. Olanrewaju Nwankwo, urged the government to give grants and grant loan facilities to exporters at a rate different from the conventional one.
She said: “Government should push more and research into the products to be exported. Government should give them grants and loan facilities at the rate different from the conventional one”.
The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Trade Resource Centre is a unit domiciled at Nigerian Export Promotion Council.
The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) waives duties on more than 6,400 products exported from eligible African countries to the US, giving businesses a competitive advantage.
USAID and NEPC ATRC provide expert knowledge and guidance so that Nigerian firms can understand the full range of opportunities and take the advantage of AGOA’s duty-free benefits.