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Title:Trading observations on some selected manufactured goods in the northeast border region of Nigeria: a preliminary analysis
Author:Balami, Dahiru Hassan
Periodical:The Nigerian Journal of Economic and Social Studies
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Subject:illicit trade
Abstract:The three Nigerian northeastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Taraba share common boundaries with the neighbouring countries of Cameroon and Chad. Commercial and trading activities between the inhabitants of the border areas are estimated to run into billions of naira, with unrecorded trade, or smuggling, accounting for over 95 percent of all cross-border trading activities in the region. This article looks at the structure of the cross-border trade, the routes used in cross-border trading activities, and the products and volume of traded goods. It finds that a greater quantity and variety of goods go from Nigeria to its northeastern neighbours than vice versa. Manufactured goods going to Cameroon and Chad from Nigeria include petroleum products, textiles, batteries, fertilizer, and detergents. In exchange, commodities from Cameroon and Chad include cotton, gum Arabic, livestock, hides and skins, and rice. The routes followed by the traders spread all over the border region. Relative price differentials, due to various government economic policies, have been the main determining factors of the direction of trade between Nigeria and its immediate northeastern neighbours. Bibliogr., sum.