Persons interested in exporting are to register with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council. The following documents should follow the application form and fee.
If it is a Limited Liability Company:
• Certificate of Incorporation (issued by the Corporate Affairs Commission)
• Certified True Copy of Memorandum and Articles of Association
• Certified True Copy of the Particulars of Directors. This is formerly known as: Form C07 or Form CAC 7.
If it is a Cooperative Society:
• Certificate of Registration (issued by State Ministry of Commerce, Local Governments and Federal Capital Territory Area Councils)
• Bye Laws of the Society
If it is a governmental or non-governmental organization:
• Certificate of Registration (issued by the Corporate Affairs Commission)
• Constitution of the Organization
• Memorandum for Guidance of Applicant.
Kindly note that NONE of the above documents pertain to a business name.
The nomenclatures could be confusing but for a brief clarity;
A business name is merely the name and style in which a business is conducted and this may usually be a sole proprietorship or partnership.
A company is a separate legal personality usually registered as a business “vehicle”.
A cooperative society is set up for the advancement of the interest of the members of the society.
A Non-governmental Organization is set up for the advancement of a particular purpose or cause.
There are a host of distinctions and specifications but for the sake of answering your question:-
No, a business name does not have the requisite documents for registration with the NIPC for export. Therefore, to apply for export, you should either be a Company or a Cooperative Society or a Non-governmental Organization with the requisite documents.
I apologize for the lengthy response and hope this better clarifies your inquiry.