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Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority ...Hallmark of export manufacturing in Africa
1

Complete an application form which can be downloaded
online or collect from the administration of the
free zone or from NEPZA HQ in Abuja, with a non-refundable
fee of US$500 or its Naira equivalent.

2

Submit completed application form to the Zone Administration
or NEPZA Office in Abuja along with required Project
Plan/Feasibility Study. Application will be reviewed and either
approved or returned with observations within five (5) working days

3

On approval of application, an Operating License (OPL) will be issued
by the Free Zone Administration. Being licensed by the Authority
constitutes registration and no further registration is required
with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). It is at this point that
the Free Zone Administration will discuss your site location
and assign or reserve a space for you.

4

Remit your investment capital through banks located in
the zones which will in turn issue a Certificate of Capital Importation.

5

Prepare your building or warehouse space. Investors who are constructing
their own buildings must submit four (4) copies of full architectural drawings for
approval by Zone Management according to established building codes.
Built-up spaces should not exceed 70% of the leased land, and construction
should start within three (3) months after execution of agreement

6

Move in and operate. Government has designed the process to be
as streamlined and user friendly as possible. Some companies may
have some additional procedure to follow such as obtaining permission
for their foreign nationals and employees which can be done at
the immigration desk offices in the free zones

NOTE: THE ABOVE STEPS APPLY TO FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ZONES ONLY. KINDLY CONTACT THE ZONE MANAGEMENT OF NON-FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ZONES DIRECTLY FOR THE APPLICATION PROCEDURES.