Export Registration Processes Are Seamless, Accessible To All – NEPC

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The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has said that registration processes for exportation have been made seamless and accessible to all exporters and potential exporters.

The organisation disclosed this on Saturday in Jos, during its capacity building programme organised for exporters and potential exporters in the State.

The event, with the theme “Addressing Challenges Faced By Exporters/SME’s On E-registration, Enquiries and Complaints”, is geared towards addressing bottlenecks in the export business and also encourage export in the State.

Mr Samson Idowu, Regional coordinator of NEPC, who emphasised on the importance of registration as a legal backing for any business to thrive, said the process has been simplified for potential exporters and is accessible to all.

“One way of ensuring formal export is by registration, the importance of registration on any business cannot be overemphasised,

“NEPC has considerably simplified its registration procedure, it is 100 per cent online and exporters and potential exporters need to be aware of the procedure for carrying out registration and renewal from time to time.

“So the essence of the seminar is to look at this critical part of the export business – registration and giving attention to complaints and enquiries.

“NEPC is committed to making information available and simplifying export procedures.

“Gone are the days that you need to write to the Minister or President before you can get export certificate, gone are also the days you have to pay through your nose before you can get an export certificate.

“It has been simplified, liberalised and accessible. You can do it from the comfort of your room, you can do it anywhere in the world.

“You may not necessarily have to visit any NEPC office before you can be registered as an exporter.

“That is why this seminar is organised to educate Plateau people about the seamless procedures so that they can come on board and benefit maximally in the exportation business.

“The gateway is simple, Just log on to NEPC website (www.nepc.gov.ng/registration), the whole procedure to follow is available there and in addition to that, exporters can also reach us either through telephone or email,” he said.

For his part, Mr Dauda Gashi, Acting Executive Director of Plateau Chamber of Commerce Mines and Agriculture (PLACCIMA), called on the people to tap into the available opportunities provided by NEPC to ensure that they do better economically.

He added that NEPC also needs to set up a monitoring mechanism to access the impact of their outreaches so as to ensure that a large percentage of the public is carried along.

“With exportation processes, registration is key, it is very very important; so it is highly commendable that those involved in it are being sensitised and educated to do the right thing.

“Through the registration the council will be able to assess what you are taking, and assist you in the exportation so you don’t suffer loss.

“You shouldn’t just produce for you to sell informally, because when you produce to export, it helps you in standardising your products and to positively face competition even within the country.

“So my call to the people of Plateau State is that they should not localise every event, everything that we are doing must be done better.

“We are always complaining, there is no money, but there are areas they have shown us in the state with several organisations present and willing to train and assist people.

“They show them how to produce, where to get money and assist them in getting money for their SMEs

“So let them take advantage of these opportunities, they will help them in promoting and expanding their businesses,” he said.

Mrs Grace Joshua, a participant at the event and an exporter, said the programme was highly beneficial to her as she has had certification problems for a while.

She said this seminar has created a good opportunity for her to be better enlightened and sort out her issues.(NAN)

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