Getting Started in Benin

The following steps will help you get started

Are You Starting a Business?  If so, contact your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC).  Starting a business can be a challenge, but there is help for you in your area.  SBDCs are public/private partnerships aimed at giving educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Research the Market:  Visit the U.S. Commercial Service (FCS) Export Portal to get an overview of Beninese economic conditions and opportunities.  FCS’ Market Research Library contains more than 100,000 industry and country-specific market reports, written by local specialists working in overseas posts.

Connect with Local Export Specialists:  Contact your local U.S. Export Assistance Center for advice and support on exporting to Benin.

Leverage Existing U.S. Government Resources

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create American jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies.

The United States Export-Import Bank enables U.S. companies — large and small — to turn export opportunities into real sales that help to maintain and create American jobs and contribute to a stronger national economy.

Utilize Local Beninese Resources

Contact in-country business support organizations such as the American Business Club for further assistance. Visit host country resources, such as Benin Agency for Trade, and the Benin Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Find a Match

Take advantage of business matchmaking services such as the Corporate Council on Africa’s Business Linkages Program and FCS’ Business Matchmaking Service via Benin’s partner FCS office in Nigeria.


For information on obtaining a visa to visit Benin, visit the nearest Benin Embassy or Consulate. If one needed a Visa to Benin, they could find the necessary information on the Beninese Embassy website.