Customs requirements of Nigeria
Nigeria Customs Contacts
Address: Abidjan Street,Wuse, P.M.B. 26, Zone 3, Abuja - FCT, Nigeria
Telephone: 09 4621597
Fax: 09 5234694
Nigeria is a federal constitutional republic in West Africa, bordering Benin, Chad, Cameroon and Niger and having the Atlantic Ocean coastline. Nigeria includes 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, where the capital, Abuja is located. Nigeria is officially a democratic secular country. Nigeria is often referred to as the "Giant of Africa", owing to its large population and economy. With approximately 174 million inhabitants, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world.
Any person intending to import physical goods into Nigeria shall in the first instance process Form "M" through any Authorized dealer bank irrespective of the value and whether or not payment is involved.
The Form "M" shall have a validity period of six months for all imports except Plants and Machinery which shall have a validity period of one year. Requests for subsequent revalidation thereafter should be directed to the Director of Trade and Exchange Department at the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Supporting documents shall be clearly marked "Valid For Forex/Not Valid for Forex" as appropriate i.e. depending on whether or not foreign exchange remittance would be involved.
All applications for goods subject to Destination Inspection shall carry the " BA" code, while those exempted shall include "CB" in the prefix of the numbering system of the Form "M". Payments for goods exempted from Destination Inspection under the Scheme, would not be carried out in the Foreign Exchange Market, without a prior approval from the Central Bank of Nigeria. The list of goods exempted from Destination Inspection shall be as approved by the Honorable Minister of Finance and the approval shall be a pre-condition for the completion of Form M exempted from Destination Inspection.
The Form 'M' and the relevant pro-forma invoice (which shall have a validity period of three months) shall carry a proper description of the goods to be imported to facilitate price verification:
- Generic product name, i.e. product type, category
- Mark or brand name of the product where applicable
- Model name and or model or reference number, where applicable
- Description of the quality, grade, specification, capacity, size, performance etc.
- Quantity and packaging and/or packing
Form 'M' shall be valid for importation only after acceptance by the relevant Scanning /Risk Management Provider. Consequently, Authorized Dealers are to confirm acceptance of the Form M before proceeding with other import processes.
Documents in respect of each import transaction shall carry the name of the product, country of origin, specifications, date of manufacture, batch or lot number, Standards to which the goods have been produced (e.g. NIS, British Standards - PD. ISO, IES, DIN, etc).
All goods to be imported into the country shall be labeled in ENGLISH in addition to any other language of transaction; otherwise the goods shall be confiscated.
Where import items such as food, drinks, cosmetics, drugs, medical devices, chemicals, etc. are regulated for health or environmental reasons, they shall carry EXPIRY dates or the shelf life and specify the active ingredients, where applicable.
Electrical appliances (fluorescent lamps, electric bulbs, electric irons and ties, etc) shall carry information on life performance while cables shall carry information on the ratings.
All electronic equipment and instruments shall carry:
- Instruction Manual;
- Safety information and/or safety signs;
- A guarantee/warranty of at least six months.
All computer hardware, software, operating and embedded system shall continue to be Year 2000 compliance.
Any wrong or fraudulent misrepresentation of facts will result in delays and/or impoundment/seizures.
Importation of Blank products and/or without valid Form 'M' shall automatically qualify for seizure and destruction without warning, and subject to prosecution.
All imports into the country shall be accompanied by the following documents:
- Combined Certificate of Value and Origin (CCVO), and contain the following details in addition to those on the pro-forma invoice:
- Form "M"
- Adequate description of goods
- Port of destination (the actual port shall be specified e.g. Tin Can, Apapa, Kano, Onne, etc.)
- Shipment identification, date of shipment, Country of Origin, Country of supply
- Packing list
- Shipped/ Clean on Board Bill of Lading/Airway bill/Way bill/Road Way bill
- Manufacturer's Certificate of production which shall state standards and where it is not applicable, the Phytosanitary Certificate or Chemical Analysis Report should be made available.
- Laboratory test certificates for chemicals, foods, beverages, pharmaceuticals, electrical appliances and other regulated products, where applicable.
All goods (including oil/its derivatives and non-oil goods) exported from Nigeria shall be subject to inspection by Inspection Agent(s) appointed for that purpose by Government.
All exports exempt from inspection by the Inspection Agent(s) are listed in SCHEDULE "A" appended.
For the avoidance of doubt, goods prohibited for exportation from Nigeria as contained in the annual Fiscal Policy guidelines shall not be processed by the Inspection Agents. Goods on the current Export Prohibition list are detailed in SCHEDULE "B" appended.
The Inspection Agent(s) shall inspect the quality and quantity of all exports as well as the true value of goods to the consignee and shall issue a Clean Certificate of Inspection (CCI) in respect of such goods within 72 hours after the inspection of the goods. However, where a written complaint or protest has been lodged by the consignee or his agent on oil and gas exports, the relevant CCI shall be issued within a maximum period of 30 days.
In the event of uncovering discrepancies that cannot be corrected immediately, the exporter shall be issued with a "Non-Negotiable Certificate of Inspection" (NNCI). It is however in the interest and integrity of the exporter to correct the discrepancies to enable the Inspection Agent(s) issue the appropriate certificate and endorse the commercial (final) invoice accordingly.
Exporters shall open a domiciliary account with any bank in Nigeria and this same bank shall issue the Exporter with a Nigerian Export Proceeds Form (NXP Form) in six copies for completion in respect of each export transaction, The Exporter shall ensure that the export proceeds are credited to this account.
Having collected a set of NXP Form from his/her bank, the Exporter completes the Form in six copies, and returns same to the bank with a contract of sale or proforma invoice. The bank shall register and endorse same and retain the original copy. The remaining five copies shall be forwarded to the Inspection Agent(s).
The Exporter shall retain a photocopy of the NXP Form and use the NXP number as reference in all dealings with his bank, Central Bank of Nigeria, Inspection Agents and Nigeria Customs Service.
The NXP Form shall be utilized within six months from the date of registration, subject to renewal for 3 months by the dealing bank. Subsequent requests for renewal are to be approved by the Director, Trade and Exchange Department, Central Bank of Nigeria, Abuja otherwise it must be returned to the exporter's bankers for cancellation.
The exporter shall be required to pay to a designated bank, the Nigerian Export Supervision Scheme (NESS) Administrative charge of 0.5% and 0.15% of FOB value of the intended non-oil and oil/gas exports, respectively. The designated bank shall remit this to the NESS fee account in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), If after inspection, the FOB value is found to be higher than that declared, then additional NESS fee shall be paid by the exporter accordingly.
Having completed the NXP Form, the exporter shall collect a REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) Form from the Inspection Agent or download from the Inspection Agent's website. The purpose of the RFI Form is to enable the inspection company to coordinate with the exporter, a suitable time and place for the physical inspection. It is therefore essential that exporters provide in the RFI, all the required information promptly.
The completed RFI shall be submitted to the Inspection Agent(s) along with all relevant documents relating to the export transaction.
For oil/gas exports, the exporter shall also collect a BILL OF LADING DECLARATION FORM from the Inspection Agent(s) or download from the Inspection Agent's website which shall be completed after loading and thereafter submitted to the Inspection Agent(s).
Upon receiving the relevant documents, the Inspection Agent(s) shall open a file accordingly.
Any person intending to export any goods from Nigeria shall give notice of not less than 10 working days to the Inspection Agents prior to shipment.
The inspection shall take place at the seaports, airports, terminals, or other points of dispatch or at the point of production and/or storage.
The exporter shall provide necessary logistics, such as ladder, fork lift trucks, labor, etc., to enable the Inspection Agent(s) perform their quality/quantity inspection and pricing analysis.
Where exports involve processed food, drugs, animals or plants, crude oil, liquefied natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, condensate, Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK), lubricants and grease, the necessary Government Agencies shall be invited for certification.
In the case of oil and gas exports, there shall be final joint inspection by the Inspection Agent(s), Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), the Department of Weights and Measures of the Federal Ministry of Commerce and Industry and Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR). Exporters should note that, units of measurement with respect to quality and quantity determination in the oil and gas industry are unique and should be appropriately reflected on the NXP Form.
Export prohibition list:
- Timber (rough or sawn)
- Raw hides and skin (including Wet Blue and all unfinished leather)
- Scrap Metals
- Unprocessed rubber latex and rubber lumps
- Artifacts and Antiquities
- Wildlife animals classified as endangered species and their products