COMMODITIES AND PRODUCTS INSPECTORATE
       
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 Commerce44 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 COMMERCE44 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    COMMODITY    HIGHEST PRODUCING STATES
Bambo                   Ogun                                         Mellon             Niger
Banana & Plantain   Edo                                            Neem             Katsina
Beans                     Bornu                                        Oil palm          Akwa-Ibom
Cashew                   Kogi                                          Onions            Kebbi
Cassava                   Benue                                       pepper           Kaduna
Castor                     Kwara                                        Rubber          Delta & Edo
Cocoa                     Ondo                                         Sesame Seed  Jigawa
Coconut                  Lagos                                        Soyabeans      Benue
Coffee                     Kogi                                          Tea               Taraba & Plateau
Culumbite               Plateau                                       Tomato          Kaduna
Garlic                      Sokoto                                       Wheat            Kebbi & Bauchi
Ginger                     Kaduna                                     Yam               Benue
Guava                     Kaduna       
Gum Arabic             Yobe       
Hibiscus Flowers       Katsina       
Hide & Skin             Kano       
Jatropha                 Jigawa & Kogi       
Kenaf                     Taraba       
Maize                     Niger       
As at August, 2016. For more information please call 08059616424 or 08029578289.

2.0    LIST OF SOME EXPORTABLE COMMODITIES
 
(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.