Non-oil exports from Nigeria continue to face mass rejection at entry points in many countries in Europe for failure by exporters to comply with standards specified by the countries.
The rejected exports are mainly in the food and beverage segment. Top on the list of food items banned from entering Europe till June 2016 are: Beans, Sesame seeds, Melon Seeds, Fried Fish, Meat, Peanut chips and Palm Oil. Cocoa and Cashew nuts were also rejected in many other countries, not only in Europe.
The reasons for their rejection include the inability of exporters to adhere to global standards, poor packaging, and high level of chemicals, poor labeling, insufficient information on nutritional content, presence of high level of pesticide residue and presence of Mycotoxins. Read more