Export Processing Zones

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  SpecialtyStatus  
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

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