Tuesday, October 25, 2011


We are working with a cooperative society that presence in the south-west and south-south region of Nigeria. They have the capacity to deliver 200MT of good quality and well fermented cocoa beans to a Lagos port  in 4weeks (month).  
Ex-Lagos Price Range: NGN350,000-400,000/MT 
Delivery Duration: 50MT/Week  
Delivery Destination: Lagos Port or Warehouse  
a. Moisture            6-8 % 
b. Bean Counts      100-115 beans per 100g 
c. Moulds              1-2 %   
d. Slaty                  2-3 %  
e. E.Coli                Negative  
f. Broken beans     1-2%  
g. Impurity             3-4 % 


Monday, October 24, 2011

Groundnut (Peanut) Contract for Sale

We have a Groundnut (Peanut) Contract for Sale. The terms and conditions of the contract and the profit projection together with the costs are stated below.

1.Moisture : 7 % Max, 
2.Admixture : 0.2 % Max,
3.FFA : 1% Max, 

4.Discolor Nuts : 0.5 % Max, 
5.Splits : 2 % Max, 
6.Blanched Nuts : 1 % Max, 
7.Aflatoxin : B1 less than 2PPB, Total B1+B2+G1+G2 less than 8PPB, 
8.Damage Nuts : 0.5 % Max

Incoterms: Free on Board
Price: $1,000/MT
Quantity: 38MT (Two 20" Containers) 
Payment Method: Cash against document. We strongly recommend a representative (family or friend) at the destination to monitor delivery and analysis. Payment will be made within 1 working day after receipt on checking of goods in our warehouse in UK
Destination: United Kingdom


Sunday, October 23, 2011


Dear readers, 
We will like to intimate you with the details of our new initiative to promote export in Nigeria right from the Citadel of learning. This is aimed at creating jobs, reducing unemployment and consequently poverty in Nigeria. We will appreciate if you can be part of this and we will also like to say that No amount is too small.

As part of our objective to promote export business in Nigeria, 3T Impex is launching a strategic programme to grow an export oriented generation by educating and exposing the youth in tertiary institutions all over Nigeria to relevant export business information. This is aimed at sensitizing them on the immense opportunities that abounds in the non-oil export sector of the economy and how they can benefit profitably from it as a student (during their holidays) and as a young graduate. This will consequently reduce the unemployment rate in the country and help create young, skillful, vibrant and well equipped export trade entrepreneurs. This initiative is aimed at creating more Jobs (by self employed young graduate in export business), thus reducing poverty and consequently improving our economy via the growth of GDP that would result from massive exportation.

The EPITI Project
To achieve this feat, we have come up with a programme called Export Promotion In Tertiary Institutions (The EPITI Project). To execute this project, we have put together a product called the ABC of Export. This CD contains 2hours of disseminating export information in mp3 format which is divided into 12tracks on an Audio CD. We therefore need sponsorship of the production, packaging, campus launch through free export seminars and the distribution of the product during the seminar.

The EPITI Project will be launched in at least one major campus in each of the 36 states of the federation including Federal Capital Territory. Our target is to reach at least 10,000 students in each of the states in the federation. Our estimation of the total cost per ABC of Export audio CD to be distributed on these campuses during the seminar is NGN200 (Two hundred Naira only). This covers the cost of production, packaging, campus publicity and product launch through free export seminars and the distribution of each of the CDs. Altogether, we intend to produce and distribute a total of 400,000 copies of this product for free.

We are therefore soliciting for partnership with your organization to sponsor this project in part or in whole as part of the organization’s contribution to the growth of the Nigerian GDP through exportation, sustainable employment generation and drastic reduction in the poverty level across the country.
Area of Sponsorship
The Sponsorship of The EPITI Project has been segmented to enable each organization sponsor different aspects of the project based on their area of interest, region and capital.  A sponsor can therefore limit its sponsorship to:
1.     A particular state
2.     A particular geopolitical zone
3.     A particular amount
4.     A particular number copies of the CDs
5.     A particular area of the logistics (Production, packaging, publicity, transport etc)
Depending on the area of interest of each sponsor, the breakdown of all the cost implications will be made available to each partner in this project upon request.

Benefit to the Sponsor
Considering the fact that this project is going to cover every state in this country with a target of about 10,000 students in each state, the products and services of each sponsor will be given immense publicity through:
1.      Their logo which will be printed on the CD pack/sleeve
2.     Distribution of their handbills and fliers on all the campuses
3.     A short presentation of their products and services before the students during the free seminar.

Long Live Federal Republic of Nigeria!!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

EXPORT CONNECT: Copper Ore (crushed to 20mm)

There is a serious demand for about 1,000MT of Copper Ore by different exporters in Lagos at a very competitive price per MT. The Copper Ore needed is expected to be crushed to 20mm and the specifications required are as follows:
  • Purity:                                 10-20% 
  • Size (Length, Breath):          20mm max 
  • Moisture:                             3% max 
  • Packing :                              50kg bags
    Interested suppliers should urgently contact us via info@3timpex.com or 08036522946.

    EXPORT CONNECT: Demand For Mica (Muscovite)

    There is a serious demand for about 500MT of Mica (muscovite type) by different exporters in Lagos at a very competitive price per MT. The type of Mica needed is shown in the picture above and the specifications required are as follows:
    • Colour:                                Light green.
    • Purity:                                 No impurities, No spot, Very Clean
    • Size (Length, Breath):          1.5 inches (98% minimum) .
    • Thickness:                           3-20mm
    • Packing :                              50kg bags
    Interested suppliers should urgently contact us via info@3timpex.com  or 08036522946.

    Tuesday, October 18, 2011

    Product Profile: Sesame Seeds

    Description: Sesame seeds (or sesamum or benniseed) are the seeds of the tropical annual Sesamum indicum. The species has a long history of cultivation, mostly for its yield of oil. The original area of domestication of sesame is obscure but it seems likely to have first been brought into cultivation in Asia or India.
    The plant is usually 60 to 120cm tall and the fruit is a dehiscent capsule held close to the stem. When ripe, the capsule shatters to release a number of small seeds. The seeds are protected by a fibrous ‘hull’ or skin, which may be whitish to brown or black depending on the variety. 1000 seeds weigh some 4-8g. The seeds have a high oil content of 44-60%.

    Harvest: Harvesting begins in late December and continues through July. Each producing area stated in the next section below (Locations) has only one season.

    Locations: The major producing areas in order of priority are Nasarawa, Jigawa and Benue States. Other important areas of production are found in Yobe, Kano, Katsina, Kogi, Gombe and Plateau States. The major marketing centers (towns and states) of sesame seeds in Nigeria.

    Types/Varieties: There are 3 types of sesame (and these include: White, Black and Brown/Mixed sesame seeds). However only two of these are majorly produced in Nigeria and these includes;
    1. White/raw = Food-grade used in bakery industry. 98-100% whitest grade seeds.
    2. Brown/mixed = primarily oil-grade.
    The White (Food Grade) seed is grown around the towns of Keffi, Lafia/Makurdi, Doma, and in Nassarawa, Taraba, and Benue States. It is easier to sort and the Fumani/Denin people consume sesame locally. The Brown/mixed grows in the North, in Kano State and in Jigawa State near Hadejia, and somewhat in the southern part of Katsina State.

    % percentage
    Oil content
    45-60% min
    Free fatty acid (FFA)
    Moisture content
    6-9% max

    Export market: The major importer of sesame seeds in the world is Japan while the major consuming markets in the EU are Greece, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. In the past, the bulk of sesame was imported from China. Increasingly, other sources such as India, Sudan and, most recently, Pakistan, are taking the market share. The USA is the fifth largest import market with a steady demand for over 50,000 tonnes per year.

    Export Price: The export free on board price of sesame seed varies from USD 900 -1400/MT depending on the type and form of the sesame seed and the negotiation made with the buyers.

    Local price: local price per metric tonne MT of sesame seed varies from NGN120,000.00 during the peak season to about NGN140,000.00 at the off season. However local price when delivered EXW Lagos (delivered in Lagos) could range from NGN150,000 – 200,000.00/MT depending on the period during the season.

    Uses: Most sesame is processed directly into oil by the grower or within the producing region, but can also be sold in various stages of processing, for various uses, such as meal, paste, confections, and bakery products.

    Description and Uses
    Fried seeds may be bound together with sugar syrup to give sweetmeats.
    The whole seeds can be baked into biscuits.
    (Hulled) seeds
    Popular in northern Europe either incorporated into breads or as decorative toppings. May be used hulled or whole.
    Seeds, sometimes roasted
    Particularly used in oriental cuisine. The flavor is quite strong and rarely compatible with traditional Western style cooking but also used as a salad oil.
    Medicinal treatment
    Ulcers and burns
    Once an important use, now other cheaper vegetable oils are available
    Reported use as a synergist for pyrethrum sprays
    Low grade oil
    Soaps paints, lubricants, and illuminants. Local uses, of no importance in international trade
    Hulled seeds
    A paste of sesame seeds which is used as an ingredient in eastern Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods
    Dips &spreads
    Various ingredients, such as chickpeas or eggplants, are added to Tahini to make dips and spreads such as hummus
    A sweet made from Tahini and sugar with other added flavorings
    Animal feed
    Protein rich useful supplement
    Cake from hulled seeds
    Used in some Indian cooking. Also as a snack in, for example, the Nigerian Kulikuli

    Saturday, October 15, 2011

    Product Profile: Shea Butter

    Description: Shea butter is a slightly yellowish or ivory colored natural fat extracted from the seed of the African shea tree by crushing and boiling. It is widely used in cosmetics as a moisturizer and salve. 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. Shea nut products, the solid fat (butter or
    stearin) and the liquid oil (olein), are ideal for use as raw materials in cooking oil, margarine, cosmetics, soap, detergents and candles, but it has found its primary market niche as a substitute for cocoa butter in the chocolate and confectionery industry.

    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). In most African countries, the main harvest lasts from October to March and the interim harvest from May to 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 butter is produced in Kwara State at Ode-Giwa in the Asa Local Government are and also in Minna area of Niger state in Nigeria. Other states include kogi, Oyo and Ogun state.
    Shea butter is graded based on a number of factors. For some buyers, It could be based on the percentage of the expected vital constituents present in the sample while some other buyers use the level of refining and contamination present as their criteria. Based on the percentage of the expected vital constituents present, Shea butter can be graded as shown in the table below.
    Based on the level of refining done and contamination present, shea butter is now classified into five grades: A (raw or unrefined, extracted using water), B (refined), C (highly refined and extracted with solvents such as hexane), D (lowest uncontaminated grade), E (with contaminants). Commercial grades are A, B, C. The color of raw (grade A) butter ranges from cream (like whipped butter) to grayish yellow, and it has a nutty aroma which is removed in the other grades. Grade C is pure white. Grade A retains the most natural vitamins, especially vitamin A and vitamin E, which are partially lost in the other grades.

    Traditionally, African shea butter is used for cooking oil, as a water proofing wax, for hairdressing and for candle-making; and also as an ingredient of medicinal ointments.
    Industrially, shea butter is used in cosmetics production, such as moisturizer creams and emulsion, and hair conditioners for dry and brittle hair. It is also used by soap makers, typically in small amounts (5-7% of the oils in the recipe), because of its property of leaving a small amount of oil in the soap. Shea butter is also used as an ingredient in chocolate fillings.
    Medicinally, Shea butter is used as a base for medicinal ointments, and has been claimed to have anti-inflammatory properties emollient and humectants. Shea butter has been claimed to be effective treatment for the following conditions: fading scars, eczema, burns, rashes, severely dry skin, dark spots, skin discolorations, chapped lips, stretchmarks, wrinkles, and in lessening the irritation of psoriasis.
    New Commercial Uses
    ·         Shea based adhesives, resins, and composites
    ·         Shea Plastics and compounding
    ·         Shea conversion into chemicals, solvents, and fuels
    ·         Nutritional value and characterization Total utilization of shea materials for new commercial uses

    Export market: Shea butter is becoming increasingly popular as an ingredient in cosmetics and soaps, especially in France and the US. Major destinations for Nigeria's Sheanut are the EU and Japan while for the shea butter are Asia, Europe and the Americas.

    Export Price: Buyers in Europe and the United States are quote FOB prices ranging from USD2,500-4,000/MT depending on the quality and quantity of product ordered) for unrefined shea butter from Abidjan, Accra or Lagos packed in 20 pound dark plastic sacks or 50 kilo dark plastic containers or coated steel drums.

    Local price: The local market price of shea butter per MT ranges from NGN300, 000.00 to NGN500, 000.00 to deliver it to Lagos during the season.

    Friday, October 14, 2011

    Product Profile: Kaolin

    Description: kaolin, also called china clay, soft white clay that is an essential ingredient in the manufacturing. In its natural state kaolin is a white, soft powder consisting principally of the mineral kaolinite. Kaolinite is a clay mineral, part of the group of industrial minerals, with the chemical composition Al2Si2O5(OH)4. It is a layered silicate mineral, with one tetrahedral sheet linked through oxygen atoms to one octahedral sheet of alumina octahedral. Rocks that are rich in kaolinite are known as kaolin or china clay.

    Occurrence: Kaolinite clay occurs in abundance in soils that have formed from the chemical weathering of rocks in hot, moist climates—for example in tropical rainforest areas. Comparing soils along a gradient towards progressively cooler or drier climates, the proportion of kaolinite decreases, while the proportion of other clay minerals such as illite (in cooler climates) or smectite (in drier climates) increases. Such climatically-related differences in clay mineral content are often used to infer changes in climates in the geological past, where ancient soils have been buried and preserved.

    Locations: An estimated reserve of 3 billion tonnes of good kaolinific clays has been identified.  It has been discovered in almost all the states in Nigeria like Uzubulu in Anambra, Enugu in Enugu state, Major Porter in Plateau, Darazo in Bauchi, Jalgawa in Bauchi, Barmojo and Onibode in Ogun state, Kwali in FCT, Kotanara in FCT, Other states where
    available are Katsina, Kebbi, Oyo, Ondo, Ekiti, Kogi, Niger and Kaduna States

    Specifications: Kaolin specifications consist of physical and chemical aspects. The two area of specifications are shown in the Table below.

    Physical Specification
    Whiteness (%)
    Particle size (-2μm,%)
    Residue on 325mesh (%)
    Oil absorption (g/100g)
    Water content (%)
    Average particle size(μm)
    Dispersion (μm)

    Chemical specification

    Uses: Approximately 40 percent of the kaolin produced is used in the filling and coating of paper. In filling, the kaolin is mixed with the cellulose fibre and forms an integral part of the paper sheet to give it body, colour, opacity, and printability. In coating, the kaolin is plated along with an adhesive on the paper’s surface to give gloss, colour, high opacity, and greater printability. Kaolin used for coating is prepared so that most of the kaolinite particles are less than two micrometers in diameter. Kaolin is used extensively in the ceramic industry, where its high fusion temperature and white burning characteristics makes it particularly suitable for the manufacture of whiteware (china), porcelain, and refractories. Substantial tonnages of kaolin are used for filling rubber to improve its mechanical strength and resistance to abrasion. For this purpose, the clay used must be extremely pure kaolinite and exceedingly fine grained. Kaolin is also used as an extender and flattening agent in paints. It is frequently used in adhesives for paper to control the penetration into the paper. Kaolin is an important ingredient in ink, organic plastics, some cosmetics, and many other products where its very fine particle size, whiteness, chemical inertness, and absorption properties give it particular value.

    Export market: The major export markets Iron ore is China. Other buyers next to china include India, Bangladesh, USA, South Africa, Japan and Hong Kong.

    Export Price: Depending on the purity and other components of the Kaolin the FOB price could be as low as USD100-150/MT and it could be as high as USD200-300/MT or more.

    Local price: The local market price of Kaolin at the loading point could vary from NGN5,000-NGN7,000/MT or more.