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1.1 Background to the study

The growth of any economy is a function of the quality and quantity of goods and services it produces. There is always a tendency to produce and market to earn a living. In the wider society, the quality of life enjoyed very much depends on the quality of goods and services available to the citizenry. There is the development aspect of growth that enables equitable distribution. This entails getting products from one part to the other (Nzotta, 2004).

Topicion in one country could be transported to another to enhance quality of life. Developing nations have the tendency to import greater part of their goods and services from developed nations. To square up with the developed nations, they have to increase production of exportable goods (Gbosi,1994).

Nigerian economy has depended predominantly on crude oil since the discovering of crude oil in the early fifties. Prior to this, cash crops like cocoa, palm produce, cotton, groundnut and cassava has been the mainstay of the economy. These cash crops earned so much foreign reserve of the economy.

Nigerian Bauxite is the best in the world and are sought for globally. (Soludo, 2009).

One would have expected a balance of payment that tilts to the favor of local production. This, however, is not the case with Nigeria as imports far outweigh exports. Export financing is a means of helping local producers process their products for a better market abroad. It is designed to make funds available for local producers to seek for market abroad. The essence of every productive business is to sell to a wider range of customers to reduce cost and continue in business. Oftentimes, it is propelled by the desire to increase the market share, and thus, the clientele. According to Nigerian Export Promotion Council (2009:12), export financing makes fund available for exporters to process their goods for export. It notes that in Nigeria, there are many opportunities to explore for exports created by government, noting that there could be logistics that may hinder continuity. Nigerian Export –Import Bank (NEXIM, 2008) notes that a lot of exporters do not want to take the risk of assessing funds from NEXIM due probably to high interest rate. But it states that the risk involved in export financing is such as to secure the financier’s investment while monetizing the exporter.

The roles of commercial banks in our modern economy cannot be over emphasized; Commercial banks in Nigeria as a financial institution helps in financing the exporting sector of the economy, by lending out short-term loans to those into manufacturing, exporting, trading and industries.

Lack of bank credit (loan and advances) in our economy has brought about low rate of economic growth and diversification of most industries in Nigeria. The availability of bank credits to those in trade determines what is produced and how much of that product is produced. Therefore, commercial banks perform their important role of financial assistance by rendering important services such as granting (loans and advances) to various sectors of the Nigerian economy. Commercial banks support the economy by serving the credit needs of their customers and providing a safe place for their cash balance. Of individual credit activities on the export sector of the Nigerian economy, there are general statements which guide or channel actions in decision making about the export sector advance and investment of commercial bank.

The importance of export trade to economic growth cannot be overemphasized, this trade goes beyond the national boundaries of moving goods from a country to another in order to earn foreign exchange. Export are the goods and services which a country sends to other countries abroad in return for some payment made in foreign exchange.

According to Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria – CIBN(2008), export financing enables businesses to take their products all over the world, by enabling the exporter get to many places round the globe to market his products. There are a lot of benefits to a business selling overseas, but there can be a lot of financial risks involved as well. It is important to understand the risks and government regulations before selling overseas. According to International Monetary Fund (2007), export credit scheme aids export financing and boosts a country’s Balance of Payment. It notes that if done right, it can be profitable and can sometimes bring a business more profit than selling within the country. Export financing, notes Soludo (2009) is loan meant for shipping of products outside a country or region. If you have a product that is good, appealing to another country, and has great potential to sell, you could also consider a venture capitalist to help bring your business where it needs be. “CBN greatly encourages venture capital as export finance. There are also some creative methods of export financing. One of such methods is utilizing a factoring house overseas. Basically the factoring house will purchase the exported products at a discount below invoice value. The factor sells the products at a higher margin. This ensures that the exporter receives his money upfront, which reduces the risk greatly” (McJones, 2010).

According to International Development Agency (2010), funds are provided to developing countries to help them purchase United States goods and services. Mc Jones (2010) observes that IDA services are no longer highly operational in Nigeria, but there are Export Assistance Centers, EAC, that offer technical assistance to exporters of which the Nigerian Version is Export Processing Zone (EPZ). This research work looks at the impact of bank credit on export trade in Nigeria.

1.2 Statement of problem

Export financing through bank credit is the prime mover of the economy of industrialized nations. Goods are produced for consumption both locally and internationally. Export financing is, therefore, a key factor in any successful international trade. Exporters naturally would want to get paid as quickly as possible, while importers usually prefer to delay payment until they have received or sold the goods. Because of the intense competition for export markets, being able to offer attractive payment terms customary in trade is often necessary to make a sale. In many cases, bank credit in   export financing for small and medium scale business are not easily accessed by exporters themselves. It is either that the conditions given to exporters are too high for them from various finance sources or they are not willing to take risk associated with the finance sources. Therefore, the unavailability or the lack of commercial bank credit to exporters poses a great threat to the growth of non oil export in Nigeria which this work tends to solve.

1.3 Research Questions

  1. What is the impact of Commercial bank credit on Non-oil export trade in Nigeria?
  2. To what extent does exchange rate have effect on Non-oil export trade in Nigeria?

iii. What impact does interest rate have on Non-oil export trade in Nigeria?


1.4 Objectives of the study

The main objective of this research is to investigate the relationship impact of commercial bank credit on non-oil export trade in Nigeria. To achieve this, the following specific objectives were formulated as follows:

(i) To examine the impact of commercial bank credit on non-oil export trade in Nigeria

(ii) To what extent does Interest rate have effect on Non-oil export in Nigeria

(iii)To examine the impact of exchange rate on non oil export trade in Nigeria.

1.5 Hypothesis of the study

Based on the objectives of the study, the following research hypothesis are formulated:

H0:  Bank credit has no significant impact on export trade in Nigeria.

H1:  Bank Credit has significant impact on export in Nigeria.

H0: Interest rate has no significant impact on  export in Nigeria.

H1: Interest rate has significant impact on export in Nigeria.

H0: Exchange rate has no significant impact on Nigeria’s  export