Trade between the two countries has been hampered by the recent closure of the border between Nigeria and Niger following the military coup that overthrew the government of democratically elected President Muhammad Bazoom. Deputy Customs Chief Bashir Adenii recently said that the current situation in Niger has prohibited visits to some areas. He said the Economic Community of West African States had taken the decision. In a recent letter to the Nigerian Senate, President Bora Tinub claimed that ECOWAS had drafted a communiqué against the Nigerian coup. The letter states: “Close and monitor all land borders with the Republic of Niger, resume border drilling exercises, cut off electricity supplies to the Republic of Niger, and mobilize international support towards the implementation of the provisions of the ECOWAS communiqué, both within and outside the Republic of Niger. block the operation of commercial and special flights to Niger, especially goods in transit to Niger, especially from Lagos and eastern ports.”
The border closure was expected to affect bilateral trade worth US$226.34 million. The International Trade Center estimates that the trade value between Nigeria and Niger in 2022 will be US$226.34 million. Nigeria purchased goods worth US$33.43 million and exported goods worth US$192.91 million to Niger. Borders between Nigeria and other neighboring countries were partially closed in 2019. Trade between the two countries fell 78.76% from US$85.98 million at the end of 2019 to US$18.27 million in 2020. Data were obtained from the Niger World Trade Organization and international organizations with joint mandates with the United Nations. According to the United Nations Office for National Statistics and COMTRADE reports, Niger has dairy products, bird eggs, natural honey, edible animal products, raw hides and hides (excluding furs and imported shells), edible vegetables, and certain roots. and tube. Trade was now in jeopardy due to deteriorating relations between Nigeria and Niger. Niger’s military junta cut ties with Nigeria, France and other countries on Friday 4 August after peace talks with the Economic Community of West African States broke down.