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.



  • 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.



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.



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.



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.



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.  


#CommodityHighest 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.



  1.  Cocoa Beans            
  2. Ginger                    
  3. Cashew                
  4. Dried Hibiscus            
  5. Cotton Lint                
  6. Cotton Seed                
  7. Sesame Seed                
  8. Gum Arabic                
  9. Crush Bone and Hoof Meat        
  10. Soya Beans                
  11. Copra                    
  12. Kolanut                
  13. Sheanuts            
  14. Capsicum                
  15. Coffee                    
  16. Rubber                
  17. Palm Kernel                
  18. Palm Oil                
  19. Palm Kernel Cake            
  20. Palm Kernel Oil
  21. Groundnuts /Peanuts
  22. Groundnuts /Cake
  23. Groundnut oil
  24. Groundnut Powder
  25. Hide and Skin
  26. Honey Comb
  27. Cotton Seed Cake
  28. Cotton seed Powder
  29. Cotton waste
  30. Cotton Yarn
  31. Cotton Seed Oil
  32. Forest Nuts
  33. Garri
  34. Garlic
  35. Maize
  36. Onions
  37. Potatoes
  38. Rice
  39. Shea Butter                
  40. Sorghum                
  41. Sugar Cane                
  42. Tumeric                
  43. Yam                    
  44. Seasamised Cake            
  45. Tobacco                
  46. Wheat Bread                
  47. Black Stone Flower            
  48. Raffia Cane/Raffia Seed        
  49. Millet
  50. Locust Beans
  51. Kenaf
  52. Cocoa powder
  53. Cocoa Liquor
  54. Cocoa Butter
  55. Cassava starch
  56. Cassava Chips
  57. Cashew Kernels
  58. Bitter Kolanut
  59. Bee Wax
  60. Beans (Cow Pea)
  61. Bambara Nut
  62. Aya Tiger Nut
  63. Alligator Pepper
  64. Corn
  65. Palm kernel Shell
  66. Moringa
  67. Cassia Tora
  68. Pigean Pea
  69. Fruits
  70. Fruits Produce (other than oil)
  71. Charcoal
  72. Melon seeds

For more information please call 08033358961 or 08033352974