Friday, August 19, 2011

Monday, August 8, 2011

Export Contract Sourcing Training Manual on DVD

Content of Export Contract Sourcing Manual On DVD:
  • Over 2 hours of Audio Export Presentation in MP3 Format
  • About 80 pages of Export presentation in PDF format
  • List of buyers abroad mainly from Europe and Asia
  • Almost 200 website addresses for World Trade Leads and Portals
  • Export Contract samples for Lead Ore, Zinc Ore, Cashew nut and Charcoal
  • Cost profile and ROI Calculator for 12 commodities
  • Export Prohibition List
  • Sample of Shipping line Schedule
  • Letter of credit sample
  • Commodity Harvest Seasons
  • Estimated Freight Charges mainly for Ports in Europe and Asia

 Lists Of Commodities Buyers and Addresses Include:
  • Buyers of Nigeria food Stuffs in the UK
  • Buyers of Nigeria Commodities in India
  • Buyers of Gum Arabic in Europe
  • Buyers of Hardwood Charcoal in Europe
  • Buyers of Sesame Seeds in Europe
  • Buyers of Spices in Europe
  • Buyers of Groundnuts/Peanuts in Europe
  • Buyers of Soya Beans in Europe
  • Netherland and German buyers of Hibiscus Flower, Ginger and Shea butter
        Sales Outlets and Distributors urgently needed Nationwide.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Product Profile: Shea Nuts

Description:. Shea nuts are primarily grown in West and Central Africa in the semi-arid Sahel,referred to by traders as the "Shea Belt". Vitellaria paradoxa and Vitellaria nilotica are the two main varieties. Vitellaria paradoxa is exported in the largest volume and grows throughout the West African region.Vitellaria nilotica is produced primarily in northern Uganda and southern Sudan.

Harvest: Shea nut trees grow widely and naturally in West Africa. They only begin to bear fruit after about 20 years and do not reach maturity for 45 years. They may continue to produce nuts for up to 200 years after reaching maturity.  The nuts, which are embedded in a soft fruit, fall to the ground during the harvesting period (typically June through August). They are then buried in pits which cause the pulp to ferment and disintegrate and produce enough heat to prevent germination. The nuts are dried for a few days and are later shelled and winnowed, usually by hand. The kernels are dried further to reduce moisture content from about 40 percent to about 7 percent.

Locations: Sheanut grows in the wild across the Sudan-Sahelian region of Africa. The major producing countries are: Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Ghana, Uganda, Mali, Burkina Faso and Central African Republic. Nigeria is currently the leading producer of Sheanut in the world and in 2004 Nigeria's production of the commodity was 414,000 metric tonnes with export value of US$61.04 million (Source: FAO).  Shea nut is grown in Kwara, Kogi, Niger, Oyo and Ogun state. It can also be found in a number of the northern states of Nigeria.

Specifications: Individual companies specify their own quality standards for purchases of shea nuts. The following is a benchmark for the composition of the shea nut required for import:

Free Fatty Acids (FFA)
less than or equal to 6%
Moisture Content
less than or equal to 10%
Oil Content
greater than or equal to 45%

The oil content is the most crucial element of the shea nut as that component is an important ingredient in the composition of the butter that goes into Cocoa Butter Equivalents and other by-products. If the oil content is higher and the FFA and moisture content is lower, then the exporter will receive a price premium.

Uses: Shea nuts are mainly use in the production of Shea Butter. Therefore all the uses of shea nuts are invariably embedded in the economic importance of Shea Butter. This information can be found under the Shea butter product profiles on this blog. Click this link for these details

Export market: A few companies based in Europe control the import market for shea nuts. Their main clients are chocolate manufacturers as the shea nut by-products are among the principal ingredients in cocoa butter equivalents (CBEs). Major destinations for Nigeria's Sheanut are the EU and Japan. Major European importing companies are primarily based in Denmark, Sweden and the UK.

Export Price: The export market price on FOB terms ranges from USD350-650/MT and sometimes or even more depending on the period during its season.

Local price: The local market price of shea nuts per MT ranges from NGN40,000 to NGN80,00.00 or even more to deliver it to Lagos during the season.

Product Profiles- Mica

Description: Mica is a naturally occurring mineral, based on a group of silicate minerals composed of varying amounts of aluminum, potassium, magnesium, iron and water having thin sheet-like or plate-like structure with different composition and physical properties. All Mica form flat six-sided monoclinic crystals with a remarkable cleavage in the direction of large surfaces, which permits them to be easily cleaved into optically flat films. When cleaved into thin films, they remain tough and elastic even at high temperatures.

Occurrences: Mica minerals make some rocks sparkle! They are often found in igneous rocks such as granite and metamorphic rocks such as schist. They sparkle because light is reflected on their flat surfaces, which are where the mineral breaks along its plane of cleavage. These minerals break so easily along their cleavage that some crystals have broken into many thin layers that look like the pages of a little book. Colonial Americans used the “pages” of large mica crystals as glass for windows.

Types: Mica is also known as Muscovite, Biotite, Phlogopite, and Lepidolite
Muscovite, commonly known as white mica, is a member of the mica family of minerals.  The mica minerals all share the property of perfect basal cleavage, which means that layers of mica can be peeled off of a mica crystal in very thin sheets.  It is especially easy to peel off large numbers of paper-thin sheets from a muscovite crystal.  Consequently, crystals of mica, like the one shown above, are often referred to as books of mica.”(Roger Weller) Muscovite can be found in many colors such as white, yellow, silver, green and brown.
Biotite is also known as black mica.  It can be peeled off of a large crystal in thin layers but with more difficulty than peeling muscovite (white mica).  Biotite does not have economic value because it lacks the transparency and electrical insulating properties found in muscovite”(Weller). The typical black to brown color of biotite is characteristic although it is difficult to distinguish brown biotite from dark brown phologopite. Biotite and phlogopite are end members in a series that is dependent on the percentage of iron. Biotite is iron rich and phlogopite is iron poor. Biotite also has a layered structure of iron magnesium aluminum silicate sheets weakly bonded together by layers of potassium ions. These layers make the perfect cleavage. When biotite crystals are weathered they can appear to be what we know as “fool’s Gold”, a golden yellow mineral with a nice sparkle.
Phlogopite is a more rare member of the mica group not well known even by many mineral collectors. It has and still is being mined for its heat and electrical insulation properties, which are considered superior to other micas. Phlogopite, like all other micas, has a layered structure of magnesium aluminum silicate sheets inadequately bonded together by layers of potassium ions. These potassium ion layers produce the perfect cleavage.  Phlogopite is not considered a valuable mineral specimen.
Lepidolite is a new form of mica that has only been on the market in large quantities for only a decade. This newer form of mica is a lithium ore that forms only in granitic masses that contain an ample amount of lithium. Lepidolite may be found in many different colors ranging from violet to pale pink or white and rarely gray or yellow.

Locations: Mica can be obtained from the following area of Nassarawa state viz: Akwanga, Karu, Kokona, Toto, Nasarawa Eggon. Mica is also found in the following states of Nigeria viz: Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Kastina, Kebbi, Kogi, Ogun, Osun, Cross River, Plateau and FCT. 

·         Diameter--1/2 inch up
·         Quality requirements: Exportable Mica regardless of the type must be:
·         Dry
·         Clean
·         No sands
·         No stones
·         No mud or mud stain
·         Good tensile strength

Uses: Mica can be used in many household products. 
1.      It acts as a filler and extender. It provides a smoother consistency, improves workability and helps to prevent cracking.
2.      Also in the paint industry; ground mica is used as a pigment extender and facilitates suspension due to its lightweight anatomy. The ground mica also helps prevent shrinkage and shearing of the paint film, provides increased resistance to water penetration and weathering, and brightens the tone of the colored pigments.
3 .     Sheet mica is mainly used in the electronic and electrical industries. Sheet and block mica are used as insulators in electronic equipment, thermal insulation, gauge “glass”, windows in stove and kerosene heaters, decorative panels in lamps and windows, insulation in electric motors and generator armatures, field coil insulation and magnet and commutator core insulation.
4 .     Mica flakes are also used as snow in movies or for decoration. Also you can find mica in many of your personal care items such as toothpaste, eyeliner, concealer, nail polish, shimmer powder, lotions, lipstick, body wash, sunscreen, shampoo, conditioner, and hair dyes.

Export market: The major export markets Mica is China. Other buyers next to china include India, Canada, Malaysia, Pakistan, Bulgaria and Australia.

Export Price: Depending on the purity of the FOB price of Mica could vary from US120-220/MT.

Local price: Depending on the purity and type of Mica, the local market price at the loading point could vary from NGN3,000-NGN5,000/MT

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Nigerian Solid Minerals by State and Geo-political Zones: North Central and FCT

Nigerian Solid Minerals by State and Geo-political Zones: North-East

Nigerian Solid Minerals by State and Geo-political Zones: North-West

Nigerian Solid Minerals by State and Geo-political Zones: South-South

Nigerian Solid Minerals by State and Geo-political Zones: South-West

Nigerian Solid Minerals by State and Geo-political Zones: South-East


Dear Readers,
I believe that this export blog has been a blessing to you one way or the other and we will really like to take this a little bit further to enable you get the best on export information (particularly as it relates to Nigeria) from us. Kindly read the request below and let us know (via mail to or call to +234 803 6522 946) if you can sponsor partly or wholly, or recommend us to organizations that can sponsor the export promotion Initiative described below in Nigeria.

In a bid to execute our primary objective of promoting export business in Nigeria, our research has shown that the individuals that possesses the capacity and requisite skills to grow the business in Nigeria are either engaged actively in other sector of the economy and do not have an idea or have a faint knowledge of the business and some even have a negative perception of the export business. We have studied what the business has done for other countries and we are positive that growing export business in Nigeria would stimulate industrialization, job creation, an increase in GDP and the Nigerian economy in general to mention a few.

In our effort to get across to these persons (professionals, cooperatives, small scale businessmen), we have put together an export training product in a pack called e-Export Seminar. Considering the great importance of export to any nation, coupled with our firm commitment to promote the business in Nigeria, we have therefore deemed it fit to distribute over 30,000 copies of e-export seminar pack for free to the professionals, cooperatives, commodity merchants and small scale business owners in the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.

The current sales price for each of this pack is presently =N=12,000 ($80). Printing 30,000 copies of the training pack will reduce the cost of production, packaging, publicity through free seminar and distribution to =N=5,000($ 35) per copy. In all, we will need a total sum of =N=150,000,000 naira ($ 1Million) to execute this export promotion project from September to November 2011 in Nigeria. This will enable the new exporter take advantage of the new Agric commodity season which starts from November/December yearly. However we will not have to wait till we get all the funds before we commence this project. We planned to start production in August and continue as the funds come in.

We are therefore seeking sponsorship from any organization to facilitate the production, packaging, publicity and distribution of this product in all the 6 geopolitical zones in Nigeria including Abuja. We are also assuring that such organization in return will also gets its deserved publicity for the good work and great support for our dear country because, the name and logo of the organization will be listed as part of the sponsors on our exquisite product pack.

Content of training pack
Export manual on DVD, Writing materials (pen and jotter)

Content of export manual on DVD
  •  Over 4 hours of audio export presentation in MP3 format
  •  Over 110 pages of export presentation in PDF format
  •  Product profiles for 13 different commodities (Agricultural and Solid minerals)
  •  Almost 200 website addresses for world trade leads and portals
  •  Export contract and letter of credit samples
  •  Pre-export documentation samples
  • Nigeria export promotion council resource for export beginners
  • Cost profile and ROI calculator, Export prohibition list
  • Sample of shipping line schedule.
 Highlights of products profile on DVD
  • Product description and location
  • Harvest seasons
  • Product locations in different  parts of Nigeria
  • Standard product specifications
  • Export market around the world
  • Local market price range
  • Export market price range
  • Profitability and cost profile table 
We we will be awaiting your generous donations. For more information on this initiative and if any of the interested sponsor will like to request for a copy of the e-Export Seminar Pack, please call +234 803 6522 946 or mail

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For Naira account details: 
Bank Name:         Intercontinental Bank
Account Name:    3T Impex Consulting Limited
Account Number: 1502084692

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Bank name                           : Intercontinental Bank Plc
Bank address                       : 999c danmole street, victoria island, lagos, nigeria
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Account number                  : 21000089
Swift code                           : CITIUS33
Beneficiary bank                  : Intercontinental Bank Plc

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