Export Opportunities

Business Climate Summary

Kano maintains a favorable business environment embracing free market principles. Few regulatory restrictions exist on domestic and international trade. Kano benefits from Nigeria’s numerous bilateral agreements and membership in trade blocs like African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) enabling preferential access.

Agriculture - Cash Crops Abundance

Soybeans – Kano leads with over 1,150 metric tons produced annually, offering processing prospects.

Sesame – Sesame seed exports increased fivefold in past decade to over $100 million annually.

Rice – Ideal growing conditions and high demand position Kano as potential rice bowl of the north.  

Tomato – Current processing facilities operate under capacity indicating investment prospects to meet export demand.

Livestock & Leather Goods

Hides & Skins – Kano accounts for the majority of Nigeria’s cattle trade export potential as Turkey, Italy and India represent major demand centers for leather goods.

Dairy – Milk collection centers and cooling infrastructure struggle to keep pace with bovine livestock quantities demanding upgraded processing plants.

Solid Minerals Untapped Potential

Gold, Iron Ore, Gemstones – Geological surveys reveal sizable quantities, however lack of modern mining infrastructure has stalled large scale exploitation.

Manufacturing Growth Potential

Textiles – Cotton cultivation drives potential to expand textile production for domestic markets and exports.

Agro-Processing – High capacity soybean, tomato and rice processing plants required to add value.

Packaging Materials – Needed to support export of grain, meat and dairy products.