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Commodity Produce Inspectorate

Contact Numbers: +234 906 248 5439 or +234 906 248 5440

1.1 The Commodities and Products Inspectorate Department was created from the former Export Trade Division of the External Trade Department when the Division was elevated to a full-fledged Department as a result of the high premium the Federal Government placed on non-oil export trade. The Department is headed by a Director, assisted by Deputy Directors and Assistant Directors. It is made up of three Divisions namely:

Commodities and Commerce 44 Division
Export Promotion and Free Zones Division (EPFZ)
Federal Produce Inspection Service Division (FPIS)

1.2 The Department is the export promotion arm of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment. Following the abolition of the Commodity Boards in 1986 at the wake of the Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP), on the directive of government, the development of policies to regulate commodity trade was assigned to the Department. The Department handles all matters relating to the issuance of certificate for Crude Oil/Gas and other Petroleum Products. Provides supervisory roles to some Parastatals of the Ministry, including: Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Nigeria Commodities Exchange (NCX), Onne Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority (OGFZ) and Nigeria Export Processing Free Zone (NEPZA). It also hosts the Secretariat of the Export Commodities Coordinating Committee (ECCC) which is an eight member Inter-Ministerial Committee. Furthermore, the Department represents the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment in the Export Expansion Grant (EEG) inter-Ministerial and the Implementation Committees, and also on the Board of Corporate Affairs Commission, NCX, Nigerian Agricultural, Cooperative and Rural Development Bank (NACRDB), Nigerian Export/Import Bank (NEXIM), the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA), and the Nigeria Shippers Council. The Department is one of the technical departments in the Ministry, the functions of the department is carried out by officers in the Commercial and produce cadre.

1.3 VISION:

To develop, promote and maintain the economic viability of non-oil Commodities and Products as major revenue earners for the country

1.4 MISSION:

To collaborate with all relevant Government Agencies and Private Sector along the value chain of Commodities and non-oil products in order to enhance their capacity and develop their potential.

1.5 MANDATE OF THE DEPARTMENT:

Initiate policies and measures that would improve the Country’s Non-Oil Foreign Exchange Earnings
Promote and enhance private sector interest through the establishment and nurturing of Apex National Commodity Associations;
Provide secretariat for the Export Commodities Coordinating Committee (ECCC) which is a Seven (7) member Inter-Ministerial Committee charged with the responsibility of controlling and harmonizing the conduct of produce marketing in Nigeria;
The department is also responsible for ensuring quality, grading, proper packaging and regulation of commodity trade in Nigeria;
The Department Serves as the National Focal Point to all International Commodity Organizations such as International Coffee Organization, International Cocoa Organization e.t.c
Formulating policies for the establishment, improvement and expansion of Commodity Exchange;
Collaborating and coordinating the activities of Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC);
Collation of statistics and monitoring of non-oil exports;
Initiation, administration and supervision of export incentives;
Initiating appropriate policy framework for effective and efficient operations of all Export Free Zones in Nigeria;
Ensures that Export Free Zones policy guidelines are strictly adhered to by the Free zones authorities and other operators;
Monitoring and enforcement of Commodities Export Levy collection;
Ensures adherence to Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary (SPS) standard and packaging of commodities before they are exported;
Carrying out fumigation, ensuring right quality and packaging of commodities and issuance of certificate of Inspection thereafter;
Issuance of Crude Oil and Gas Export Clearance Permits and Monitoring the Export process.

1.6 COMMODITIES AND COMMERCE 44 DIVISION

This division is responsible for Initiating policies and measures that would improve the Country’s Non-Oil Foreign Exchange earning, Promote and enhance private sector interest for the establishment and nurturing of Commodity Associations, guiding the Commodity Associations to develop programmes that would make the individual commodities competitive locally and internationally. Serve as the National Focal Point to all International Commodity Organizations, formulates Nigeria’s position and participation in International Commodities Organization meetings. The division also initiates policies and measures that enhance export commodities development in collaboration with National Commodity Associations and Inter-Governmental Organizations such as Common Funds for Commodities (CFC), UNIDO and other developmental organizations, it formulates policies for the establishment, improvement and expansion of the commodity exchange and provide secretariat for the Export Commodities Coordinating Committee (ECCC) which is an eight (8) member Inter-Ministerial Committee.

1.7 EXPORT PROMOTION AND FREE ZONES DIVISION (EPFZ)

This division Formulates Nigeria’s Export Policy and Monitors its Implementation by way of carrying out studies on individual commodity and up-date regularly. It coordinates the activities of the Export Promotion Council (NEPC) and advice government on policy matters as it relates to NEPC activities, monitors performance of Nigeria’s non-oil export and the trend in International markets to determine the strategy and policies to be put in place to enhance the Nation’s export.

1.8 FEDERAL PRODUCE INSPECTION SERVICE DIVISION

The Federal Produce Inspection Service (FPIS) division was created in 1954 to cross check the work of the Regional Produce Inspection Services. This is to ensure compliance with the prescribed international quality standards of the nation’s agro commodity experts in order to gain advantage in the international market.

1.9 PROFILE OF SOME COMMODITIES

The department established and supervises the activities of Federation of Agricultural Commodity Association of Nigeria (FACAN). FACAN is the national umbrella body that work with the Ministry in the nurturing and launching of the various national Commodity Association.

# Commodity Highest Producing States
1 Bambo Ogun
2 Banana & Plantain Edo
3 Beans Borno
4 Cashew Kogi
5 Cassava Benue
6 Castor Kwara
7 Cocoa Ondo
8 Coconut Lagos
9 Coffee Kogi
10 Culumbite Plateau
11 Garlic Sokoto
12 Ginger Kaduna
13 Guava Kaduna
14 Gum Arabic Yobe
15 Hibiscus Flowers Katsina
16 Hide & Skin Kano
17 Jatropha Jigawa & Kogi
18 Kenaf Taraba
19 Maize Niger
20 Mellon Niger
21 Neem Katsina
22 Oil palm Akwa-Ibom
23 Onions Kebbi
24 Pepper Kaduna
25 Rubber Delta & Edo
26 Sesame Seed Jigawa
27 Soyabeans Benue
28 Tea Taraba & Plateau
29 Tomato Kaduna
30 Wheat Kebbi & Bauchi
31 Yam Benue

As at August, 2016. For more information please call 08059616424 or 08029578289.

2.0 LIST OF SOME EXPORTABLE COMMODITIES

Cocoa Beans
Ginger
Cashew
Dried Hibiscus
Cotton Lint
Cotton Seed
Sesame Seed
Gum Arabic
Crush Bone and Hoof Meat
Soya Beans
Copra
Kolanut
Sheanuts
Capsicum
Coffee
Rubber
Palm Kernel
Palm Oil
Palm Kernel Cake
Palm Kernel Oil
Groundnuts /Peanuts
Groundnuts /Cake
Groundnut oil
Groundnut Powder
Hide and Skin
Honey Comb
Cotton Seed Cake
Cotton seed Powder
Cotton waste
Cotton Yarn
Cotton Seed Oil
Forest Nuts
Garri
Garlic
Maize
Onions
Potatoes
Rice
Shea Butter
Sorghum
Sugar Cane
Tumeric
Yam
Seasamised Cake
Tobacco
Wheat Bread
Black Stone Flower
Raffia Cane/Raffia Seed
Millet
Locust Beans
Kenaf
Cocoa powder
Cocoa Liquor
Cocoa Butter
Cassava starch
Cassava Chips
Cashew Kernels
Bitter Kolanut
Bee Wax
Beans (Cow Pea)
Bambara Nut
Aya Tiger Nut
Alligator Pepper
Corn
Palm kernel Shell
Moringa
Cassia Tora
Pigean Pea
Fruits
Fruits Produce (other than oil)
Charcoal
Melon seeds

For more information please call 08033358961 or 08033352974