To receive clearance for goods imported into Nigeria, traders must present a Bill of Lading, Commercial Invoice Exit Note, duly completed Form ‘M’, Packing list, Single Goods Declaration, and a Product Certificate.
Nigeria’s list of prohibited or restricted imports is as follows: Live or dead birds including frozen poultry.Pork, beef, bird’s eggs, excluding hatching eggs.Refined vegetable oils and fats (includes mayonnaise). Crude vegetable oil is NOT banned from importation.Cane or beet sugar and chemically pure sucrose, in solid form in retail packs.Cocoa butter, powder and cakes.Spaghetti/noodles.Fruit Juice in retail packs.Waters, including mineral waters and aerated waters containing added sugar or sweetening matter or flavored, ice snow, other non-alcoholic beverages and beer and stout (bottled, canned or otherwise packed, but excluding energy or health drinks (liquid dietary supplements).Bagged cement.Mosquito Repellant Coils.Sanitary Wares of Plastics and Domestic Articles and Wares of Plastics (but excluding Baby Feeding bottles) and flushing cistern and waterless toilets.Rethreaded and used Pneumatic tires but excluding used trucks tires for rethreading of sized 11.00 x 20 and above.Corrugated Paper and Paper Boards, and cartons, boxes and cases made from corrugated paper and paper boards, toilet paper, cleaning or facial tissue, excluding baby diapers and incontinent pads for adult use.Telephone Re-charge cards and vouchers.Carpets and other textile floor coverings.All types of Foot Wears, Bags and Suitcases but excluding Safety Shoes used in oil industries, sports shoes, canvass shoes all Completely Knocked Down (CKD) blanks and parts.Hollow Glass Bottles of a capacity exceeding 150mls (0.15 liters) of all kinds used for packaging of beverages by breweries and other beverage and drink companies.Used compressors and used fridges/freezers.Used Motor Vehicles above fifteen (15) years from the year of manufacture.
In addition, NCS lists items whose importation is “absolutely prohibited:”Air PistolsAirmail Photographic Printing Paper.All counterfeit/pirated materials or articles including Base or Counterfeit Coin of any Country.Beads composed of inflammable celluloid or other similar substances.Blank invoices.Coupons for Foreign Football pools or other betting arrangements.Cowries.Exhausted tea or tea mixed with other substances.Implements appertaining to the reloading of cartridges.Indecent or obscene prints, painting, books, cards, engraving or any indecent or obscene articles.Manilas.Matches made with white phosphorous.Materials of any description with a design which, considering the purpose for which any such material is intended to be used, is likely in - the opinion of the president to create a breach of the peace or to offend the religious views of any class of persons in Nigeria.Meat, Vegetables or other provisions declared by a health officer to be unfit for human consumption.Piece goods and all other textiles including wearing apparel, hardware of all kinds' crockery and china or earthenware goods bearing inscriptions (whether in Roman or Arabic characters) from the Koran or from the traditions and commentaries on the Koran.Pistols disguised in any form.Second-hand clothing.Silver or metal alloy coins not being legal tender in Nigeria.Nuclear Industrial waste and other Toxic wasteSome spiritsWeapons and ammunition of any description which in the opinion of the Comptroller-General are designed for the discharge of any noxious liquid, gas or other similar substance.
The Port of Tin Can Island is an important port connecting the city centre of Lagos to the other important commercial areas. The port with handling 4000 metric tonnes of grains daily witnessed a significant increase in the shipping activity as it has an efficient grain bagging facility on-site.
This Port marks the centre of major economic activity in an area of influence with handling 30,000 tonnes of ships. The port located seven kilometres west of the city centre of Lagos has a remarkable storage capacity of 28,000 metric tonnes of grains. The Tin Can Island port has also undertaken efforts to redevelop their terminals to add capacity and boost its potential in the market.
The Port of Tin Can Island marks its history in the year 1991 when it became a modern functioning port thus developing into an international commercial port. Since then the port managed to evolve without sacrificing its historical roots becoming an efficient port by merging its activities with the Roro port in 2006.
The fusion of ancient history and innovation makes the port of Tin Can Island a dynamic port with efficient Customs port authorities ensuring a systematic processing of cargo saving both time and money.