How to make profit on exporting specifically requested goods when courier prices are so high?


Hi, I am in the process of setting up a luxury gift service business for clients in West Africa (specifically Nigeria to start with), however I am finding it very difficult to work on a pricing strategy as these gifts are made upon request so shipments may be quite sporadic to start off with.

I intend on growing this business and have plans to build a large customer base which i believe is possible as i have many contacts within the country but i am having trouble finding the most cost effective way of transporting the goods and still being able to make a success of the business.

Can someone help me with either a pricing strategy in order to make a profit as shipping these gifts outside of the EU is fairly expensive or provide advice on what would be the cheapest mode of transportation for goods shipped on request.

Many thanks



Vicky, rather than approaching the couriers directly it may be worth speaking to a local freight forwarder as they are likely to have accounts with couriers – and due to their volumes shipped better rates.


Good morning Vicky.

We are a freight and logistics company based in Essex and we have experience of helping companies develop and grow their export business. (to find out more please visit our website

We would be happy to discuss with you further your requirements and how we can be of assistance with your business.

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Kindest Regards


Good Morning

along with the courier pricing you will also need to consider the additional cost of SONCAP certification for each shipment sent to NIgeria which is $600USD per shipment.

If you have any questions regarding SONCAP please don’t hesitate to contact me
01276 697620

Best regards

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