The Nigerian Export Processing Zones Authority is a Federal Government Agency under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade & Investment, and was established in 1992 following the enactment of the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Act 63, of 1992.
The Agency is responsible for promoting and facilitating local and international investments into licensed free zones in Nigeria.
The Free Zone scheme was set up to strategically improve the investment climate by stimulating export oriented business activities through strengthening strategic national economic policies, streamlining administrative approval processes and providing a one-stop-shop service for businesses both within and outside Nigeria.
Pursuant to the vibrant transformative economic programmes of the Federal Government, the activities of the Authority has been strengthened and this has led to the establishment of 25 Free Zones spread across the country.
Some of the Zones cater for a specific area of economic enterprise while others are more general in nature.
There are currently over 300 licensed free zone enterprises operating in the various zones across the country. The overall objective for adoption of free zones in the country is to create an enabling environment aimed at enhancing economic growth and development of export oriented manufacturing in the non-oil sector of the economy, as well as the propagation of the Nigerian content policy in the oil & gas sector in order to diversify the country’s economic base, attract foreign direct Investment (FDI), generate employment, increase foreign exchange earnings, enhance technology transfer, skill acquisition/upgrading as well as create backward linkages.
Since the inception of the scheme, Nigeria’s economy has witnessed tremendous patronage and steady growth through FDI inflow and revitalisation of local industries.
NEPZA administers the incentives for all the variants of the Free Zones ranging from Export Processing Zones, Free Trade Zones, Border Free Zones, Export Farms, Science and Technology Parks, Tourism and Resort centers, and other more specific specialised free zones.
A zone can be operated by the public or private sector or a combination of both.
|Name||Location||Sponsor/ Developer||Land Size (Ha)||Date of Designation||Specialty||Status|
|Calabar Free Trade Zone (CFTZ)||Cross River||Fed. Govt.||220||1992||Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Logistic Services||Operational|
|Kano Free Trade Zone (KFTZ)||Kano||Fed. Govt.||463||1998||Manufacturing, Logistic Services, Warehousing||Operational|
|Tinapa Free Zone & Resort||Cross River||State Govt./Private||265||10/7/2004||Manufacturing, Trade, Tourism & Resort||Operational|
|Snake Island Int. Free Zone||Lagos||Nigerdock Plc||59.416||4/4/2005||Steel Fabrication, Oil & Gas, Sea Port||Operational|
|Maigatari Border Free Zone||Jigawa||State Govt.||214||2000||Manufacturing, Warehousing||Operational|
|Ladol Logistics Free Zone||Lagos||GRML||6/21/2006||Oil & Gas, Fabrication, Oil & Gas Vessels, Logistics||Operational|
|Airline Services EPZ||Lagos||Private||3/21/2003||Food Processing and Packaging||Operational|
|ALSCON EPZ||Akwa Ibom||Fed. Govt./Private||814.619||Jun-2004||Manufacturing||Operational|
|Sebore Farms EPZ||Adamawa||Private||2000||12/21/2001||Manufacturing Oil & Gas, Petrochemical||Operational|
|Ogun Guandong FT Zone||Ogun||State Govt./Private||10000||2/28/2008||Manufacturing||Operational|
|Lekki Free Zone||Lagos||State Govt.||12/4/2008||Manufacturing,Logistics||Operational|
|Abuja Tech. Village Free Zone||Federal Capital Terr||FCT||702||5/18/2007||Science & Technology||Under Construction|
|Ibom Science & Tech. FZ||Akwa Ibom||State Govt.||122.137||7/14/2006||Science & Technology||Operational|
|Lagos Free Trade Zone||Lagos||Eurochem technology Singapore||218||10/4/2002||Manufacturing Oil & Gas, Petrochemical||Operational|
|Olokola Free Trade Zone||Ondo & Ogun||State Govts./Private||10500||2004||Oil & Gas Manufacturing||Operational|
|Living Spring Free Zone||Osun||State Govt.||1607.86||10/12/2006||Manufacturing, Trading and Warehouse||Under Construction|
|Brass LNG Free Zone||Bayelsa||Fed. Govt./Private||304.245||2/2/2007||Liquified Natural Gas||Dev. yet to commence|
|Banki Border Free Zone||Borno||State Govt.||500||Manufacturing, Warehousing, Trading||The Sponsor yet to be committed|
|Oils Integrated Logistics Services Free Zone||Lagos||Private Oil Field Industry Support Service Ltd||1000||10/12/2004||Marine, Logistics, Support Services for offshore Oil Repairs||Operational License Suspended|
|Specialized Railway Industrial FTZ||Ogun||State Govt.||4/30/2007||Rail Cargo Transport||Dev. yet to commence|
|Imo Guangdong FTZ||Imo||State Govt.||1399.27||5/7/2007||Manufacturing||Dev. yet to commence|
|Kwara Free Zone||Kwara||State Govt.||355.587||7/10/2009||Trading, Warehousing||Physical Dev. Yet to commence|
|Koko Free Trade Zone||Delta||State Govt.||2327.29||12/2/2009||Manufacturing||Physical Dev. Yet to commence|
|Oluyole Free Zone||Oyo||State Govt.||1374.5||5/16/2000||Manufacturing||Physical Dev yet to Commence|
|Ibom Industrial Free Zone||Akwa Ibom||State Govt.||20/2/2012||Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Trading Services||Physical Dev. yet to commence|