NEPC, Zeenab Foods export $1.3m worth of agro-products to China

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The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) and Zeenab Foods Limited have commenced the shipment of agro-commodities to the Nigerian Export Trade House in China.

The Managing Director of the group, Mr Victor Ayamere, said this during the shipment launch of the commodities in Idu Industrial Layout on Thursday in Abuja.

Ayamere, who said 20 containers were being shipped yesterday through Onne port in Rivers, expressed high hopes that more would be exported within 45 days.

”We have 17 containers of ginger and three sesame seed containers living here. And we are going to move an average of 300 containers within the next 45 days,” he said.

On his own part, the Executive Director/CEO of NEPC, Dr Ezra Yakusak urged Nigerian exporters to harness the platform to increase exports of Nigerian goods to China and the entire Asian continent.

Yakusak, who was represented by the Director, Market Access Department in NEPC, Mr Babatunde Faleke said Zeenab, with the support of NEPC, acquired, set-up its offices and concluded its business registration in China.

”We also acquired the General Administration of Customs (GACC) of the People’s Republic of China for ginger and sesame seed, while awaiting approval for other products,” he explained.

According to him, the Export Trade House is being managed on Public-Private Partnership to provide visibility for Nigerian products in the targeted country and region.

”Zeenab Foods Ltd. has now commenced shipment of Nigerian products to China.

”Today witnesses the first official shipment of 20 containers of ginger and sesame seeds worth 1.311million dollars through the Onne port in Rivers to the Nigerian Export Trade House in China.

”The shipment is expected to arrive China within 45 days. This will facilitate the official launch of the Nigerian Export Trade House in China before the end of March 2023.

”NEPC is also calling on Nigerian Ports Authority and other relevant organisations to as a matter of urgency, consider the provision of necessary infrastructure in the other smaller ports in the country.

”This is to ease the congestion at the Apapa Port and make export seamless, ” the NEPC boss said.

The Chinese representative, Mr Allen Zhang said the monetary value of trade between Nigeria and China in 2022 stood at 26 billion dollars.

Zhang expressed China’s readiness to import more agricultural commodities from Nigeria.

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