The United States Commercial Service will hold a free, one-hour webinar April 23 beginning at 10 a.m.

Pacific time and 1 p.m. Eastern time that will introduce people to the trade opportunities available in Nigeria with the most populous country on the African continent and the fastest growing export market in the region.

The webinar will feature information on these industry sectors: Agricultural products, automotive parts/services, automobile/light truck/vans, computers/peripherals, electrical power systems, healthcare services, mining industry, oil/gas field machinery, oil/gas/mineral production/exploration services, and telecommunications.

Interested individuals must register ahead of time to participate. Go to the web site:

For questions and additional information, contact Amy Freedman, Cleveland International Trade Specialist, at (216) 522-4750 or

The webinar precedes a trade mission to the West African nation scheduled for June 2-8 and presented by the Nigeria-USA Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Commercial Service.

The mission will include stops in Lagos and Port Harcourt where business owners will have appointments with Nigerian enterprises that have been pre-screened by the U.S. government to meet specific requirement.

The participation fee (not including travel costs) is $5,495 for small and medium businesses and $6,995 for large companies.

Those in Ohio may qualify for a 50 percent reimbursement of some fees. Funds may also be available in other states. Check with your local U.S. Export Assistance Center to see if financial assistance is available.

The deadline to apply for the trade mission is May 1, however based on space availability, entrepreneurs may be able to secure a spot after that point.