The NEPC has urged Nigerian exporters to ensure the quality and standard of their products meant for the international market are of the required standard to avoid affecting other Nigerian exporters when their products are rejected.
In a 1-Day Interactive Sensitisation Forum for newly registered exporters in Cross River State, Dr. Osas Damain, the Coordinator of NEPC, advised intending exporters to first establish a successful business in Nigeria and understand the dynamics of the international market before considering export.
Damain emphasized the importance of mastering the supply dynamics of their products and ensuring that their products fit into the particular market they intend to export to in terms of safety, quality, and packaging. He highlighted the repercussions of failing to meet the standards of international buyers, stating that it not only affects the exporter but also creates obstacles for other exporters from the nation.
The young exporters were encouraged to take advantage of the training and information available at NEPC. Commissioner for Commerce in the state, Abigail Orok, stressed the need for exporters to adhere to laid down procedures and obtain proper certification for their products.
A resource person, Mrs. Anie Iton, highlighted the significance of adding value to products before exporting, emphasizing the importance of going into export for Nigerians.