Import documents required in Nigeria

Documentation in Nigeria for import of goods


What is the certification process to import to Nigeria? Types of documents required in Nigeria to import goods? What are the documentation procedures as an importer in Nigeria?


Information provided here describes about documents required by each import in Nigeria which need to be submitted with customs officials for the clearance process.


The import documents required in Nigeria also depends up on the nature of goods importing (General goods, Personal effects, Dangerous goods, Livestock etc.) ,regular trade policy of Nigeria Government,  specific goods importing to Nigeria (Arms and ammunition, health products, food products, chemicals etc.)



The documentation procedure to import goods to a country is almost same in all countries worldwide.  Certificates and license required for importation of goods and services is uniformed by all WTO countries in almost all areas.  Detailed information on documentation for import to a country is explained in detail as separate post in this website.  Click below to read the same.


Import documents required


This post explains about various documents that every importer need to be submitted with the Nigeria Customs Authority in order to obtain clearance of the consignment.


The following details also clarify:


What are the documents need to be submitted to import at Enuguh port customs. Which documents should I provide at Calabar customs port location for import.  Documents need to move cargo out of customs at  Asaba, Delta port customs location.  Import documentation in TINCAN ISLAND port customs.  What are the documents required to import in  PORT HARCOURT .  What are the import document processes need to carried out with LAGOS customs.  Required documents to import in Sokoto port.  Customs documentation requirements to import at Sokoto port.  Documents required to submit with  Enugu customs for importation.   Documentation procedures for import at TINCAN ISLAND customs. 


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Hung: Dear sir / madam, I would like to seek your advice on the following Nigeria import documents arrangement whether okay or not, thanks in advance. Background : The importer - Nigeria buyer “XYZ” (Purchase and sales agreement signed between Nigeria buyer and Agent) Agent - Trading company “DEF” Exporter - Manufacturer “ABC” (purchase and sales agreement signed between Agent and Exporter / Manufacturer) Nigeria import documents arrangement : Among other import documents, will arrange 1. Form M - Applicant is Nigeria importer “XYZ”, beneficiary is the agent “DEF”, 2. Supplier commercial invoice issued by the agent “DEF” bill to the importer “XYZ”, 3. Bill of Lading - the shipper is the manufacturer “ABC” , consignee is the agent “to order of DEF”, notified party is the importer “XYZ”. Please advise if the arrangement above are feasible for Nigeria import custom clearance without delay ? Thanks again and best regards , Hung


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