Import Requirements for Nigeria – Federal Ministry of Finance ‘Sensitization

Please be informed of the following new requirement affecting all imports into Nigeria. Implementation of the new requirements is effective shipped-onboard date 1st January 2018. Any cargo found to be flouting the prescribed requirements will be refused entry into Nigeria and carriers will be instructed to return the unit(s) to POL. Liability of the noncompliant cargo will rest on the cargo owner and carriers will bear no responsibilities.

New Requirements for Imports into Nigeria

Mandatory Palletisation of Import Cargo

All Nigerian import cargo is to be palletised with effect shipped-onboard date 1st January 2018.

Eg. Used vehicle parts are to be packed in crate/box (not loaded in bulk) then placed onto pallets.

Current exemptions under the palletisation requirement are:

1. By Weight

Cargo weighing above 1,000Kg do not need to be palletise as the maximum weight a pallet can handle is 1,000Kg.
– Eg. Steel Coil, Metal Ingots, Steel plates and etc.

2. By Mobility

Any cargo that is able to move easily, such as items with wheels or can be rolled.
– Eg. Vehicles, Cylinders and etc.

3. By Space

Any items shipped with a min. of 2ft access between packs/units.
– Eg. Items which are generally large and awkward, leaving sufficient space for inspection officers to move around the item within the container.

4. By Fragility

Specialised equipment which require a technically qualified person to handle/move.
– Eg. CAT Scan machine