Nigeria Customs Regulations

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Nigeria Customs Regulations
Nigerian customs regulations are straightforward. (container image by diogenes from

Depending primarily on oil and possessing Africa’s second largest economy, Nigeria is a magnet for businesses, both domestic and international. The country’s two main ports in Lagos and Port Harcourt are the primary entry points for imported goods and materials. In order to import or export from Nigeria, the country’s rules and regulations must be observed. The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) is the primary body concerned with customs affairs.

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Foreign-made tobacco products can be brought into the country duty-free. You must be at least 18 years old to import tobacco. Up to 200 cigarettes, 50 medium-sized cigars or 200 grams (200gr) of loose tobacco can enter the country-duty free. If the tobacco products exceed the listed conditions, Customs will charge duty on the entire amount of tobacco.

Some tobacco products can enter Nigeria duty free.
Some tobacco products can enter Nigeria duty free. (Tobacco image by irfan intekhab from

Other Items

If you're 18 or older, you may also bring in one litre of spirits and one litre of wine, as well as 284 cubic centimetres of perfume or perfume product. The value of gifts cannot exceed 300 NGN ($2.00), and jewellery, photographic equipment, electronics and luxury goods must be declared to customs.

Small amounts of alcohol can enter Nigeria duty free.
Small amounts of alcohol can enter Nigeria duty free. (bottles of alcohol image by L. Shat from

Banned Imports

The Nigeria Customs Service (NC) lists many items that cannot be imported into the country. These include birds (live or dead), pork and beef, bird eggs, cassava, spaghetti, noodles, cocoa butter, refined vegetable oils and fats, juice boxes, drinking water, bagged cement, pharmaceutical waste products, detergent products, textiles, used air conditioners, freezers and refrigerators, used cars that are more than 10 years old and ballpoint pens.

Nigeria Customs Regulations
Spaghetti cannot be imported into Nigeria. (spaghetti image by from

Absolutely Prohibited goods

The NCS considers some good to be “Absolutely Prohibited.” These include cowries, air pistols, counterfeit and pirated material, white phosphorus matches, disguised pistols, second-hand clothing, nuclear and toxic waste, and indecent or obscene prints and publications.

Nigeria Customs Regulations
White phosphorus matches cannot be imported into Nigeria. (matches image by Adkok from

Export Prohibition List

Certain goods and items cannot be exported from Nigeria. These include antiques and antiquities, corn, raw hides and skins, timber, unprocessed leather, scrap metal, endangered animals and endangered animal products.

Nigeria Customs Regulations
Scrap metal cannot be exported from Nigeria. (scrap heap image by hazel proudlove from

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