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1.You should start by processing Form M. in this case, you shall be required to complete an e-Form M and submit it electronically to an authorized dealer bank with support documents. After submitting the e-Form, take the originals of the support documents to the selected authorized dealer bank;

2.When bank receives the duly completed copy of the e-Forms M, the bank will examine and assess documents to ensure that all details relating to the goods are clearly stated and also ensure that all required documents are attached and that they are genuine document;

3.If the documents are approved, the bank forwards the e-Form M to the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS);

4.Thereafter proceed with customs clearance of your imports. Below are the steps you should take:-

  • Start by preparing the SGD. In this case information obtained from support documents is used to prepare the SGD and this is can be done privately by you (the importer ) or an authorized agent by use of private DTI or it can be done at one of the licensed Public DTI cafes in the country. In both cases you are required to fill the SGD based on the necessary documents, through either private or public DTI, capture the information, assess your SGD, print the SGD and assessment notice, sign the SGD and attach all the support documents;
  • Then you should proceed with payment of duties. At this stage, are required to go to your designated bank (as indicated on the Form M and in the process of capturing SGD) with the earlier printed assessment note;

6.At the bank, the bank officer matches the hard copy of the printed assessment notice with the assessment that was received electronically;

7.If the information on both documents is the same, the bank shall receive the payment and issue you with a bank receipt;

  • After making payment, you should proceed with requesting for an import release. In this case,

8.go to either a private DTI or public DTI caf and request for a release of your delivery from the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) system;

9.when the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) receives the request, the goods are either scanned or physically examined;

  • Before imports are released, customs control is carried out this is when the request for release is receive, Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) Risk Management information is used to establish the level of inspection that is assigned to your deliveries;

10.After customs clearance, you should proceed with port clearance and terminal handling and this is done as follows:-

  • Start by taking the Bill of Lading to the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Central Office. This is done for purposes of planning and getting information of the appropriate port, details of the arrival date of the ship and the allocated entry port. Alternatively you can get the same information from the shipping company thus you will need not to go to the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Central Office;
  • Thereafter you or your agent are / is required to obtain, complete the Bill of Entry and after completing it you register it with the Nigerian Customs Service;
  • After registering the bill of entry with the Nigerian Customs Service, go to the shipping company to ensure that the Shipping Company releases the goods. At the shipping company, the Bill of Lading is examined and contrasted with the ships manifest.
  • If accuracy of your submitted documents is certified, the shipping company shall give you a Delivery Order (D.O.) form from the Nigerian Ports Authority;
  • You (or your agent) are required to fill the Delivery Order (D.O.) and return it to the shipping company accompanied with a Bill of Lading;
  • The shipping company after receiving the filled Delivery Order (D.O.) Form, shall examine and analyze the details on the form and if approved, it shall endorses it and take the original of the Bill of Lading from you / your agent and the bottom part of the Delivery Order form shall be issued to you as evidence of shipping company release;
  • The shipping company then sends the upper part (main body) of the Delivery Order Form to the Marketing Department of Nigerian Ports Authority at the specific port of entry assigned to the ship carrying your imports;
  • Upon receipt of the Delivery Order Form, the marketing department through a computerized system raises all the necessary bills,
  • The Marketing Department then raises all necessary bills through a computerized system, combines the shipping companys Delivery Order with the Release Note and copy of the Customs Bills of Entry and thereafter bills are authorized;
  • After evaluation of bills by the ports audit department, you must payments at designated bank;
  • After effecting payments, delivery sets are produced by the authority at the designated port and are transferred to the delivery point;
  • Thereafter you / your agent can go to the delivery point to ensure that imports are delivered;

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Required Documents[edit]

1.Bill of Lading

2.Certificate of Conformity

3.SONCAP Certificate

4.Combined Certificate of Value and Origin (CCVO)

5.Packing list

6.Shipped / Clean on Board Bill of Lading/Airway bill/Way bill/Road Way bill

7.Manufacturer's Certificate of production

8.Laboratory test certificates (for chemicals, foods, beverages, pharmaceuticals, electrical appliances and other regulated products)

9.Profoma Invoice.

10.Insurance Certificate

11.Regulatory Certificate / Permits (where necessary)

12.Bill of Entry

13.Delivery Order (D.O.)

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]


Plot 795, Ibrahim Babangmda

Drive Central Business

District, Garki, P.M.B. 276,


Tel: 09-2346141-60

Nigeria Customs Service Headquarters

Abidjan Street,Wuse, P.M.B. 26,

Zone 3, Abuja FCT, Nigeria

Telephone No.: 09 4621597, 4621598, 4621599

Fax: 09 5234694

Email: /


Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade & Investment

P.M.B. 85, Garki Post Office

Old Federal Secretariat, Area 1, Garki

Block 'C', Abuja

Tel: 09-2341387; 2341721; 2341690



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Any trader who meets requirements can apply to become an importer;


Explain the fees structure which is required for obtaining the certificate/document.


1.As long as a trader meets requirements

2.Form "M" six (6) months for

3.Form M for Plants and Machinery one (1) year.

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1.An import must ensure that the goods he / she intends to import are not on the banned list for import to Nigeria;

2.It is a necessity to contact a commercial bank regardless of the value of imports and regardless of whether or not payments are involved;

3.In order for a Form M to be valid, it must be approved by a Scanning / Risk Management Provider.

4.Imports with the code BA on the Form M are subject to Inspection whereas those with CB are exempted from inspection;

5.Payments for goods exempted from inspection are only carried out in the Foreign Exchange Market upon approval by the Central Bank of Nigeria;

6.Labels on imports to Nigeria in addition to any other language of transaction must be printed in English;

7.Ensure that imports that require expiry dates, shelf life and specification of the active ingredients, life performance, information on the ratings, instruction manuals, safety information / signs and guarantee / warranty are indicated on them;

8.Traders are argues to avoid giving false information because any wrong or deceitful misrepresentation of information may result in delays or impoundment/ arrests;

9.Traders must be aware that authorities in Nigeria may take random samples from imported deliveries to verify conformity;

10.An importer may do clearing him / herself or may decide to contact an import clearing agent;

11.Always ensure that documents have a mark indicating whether or not foreign exchange shall be used in the import process, applications with no such mark are illegible and shall be rejected;

Required Information[edit]

1.Name and address of the importer

2.Import Description (Name, country of origin, specifications, quality, date of manufacture, batch or lot number and Standards to which the goods have been produced, commercial name for each item, make, whether new, used or refurbishe)

3.Import quantities / measurements

4.Unit cost and total cost of imports

5.Freight cost and any other charges replicated on Form M (if any)

6.Transportation mode to be used (by Air / Sea / road)

7.Details of shipment;

8.Country of Origin

9.Country of supply;

10.Physical and contact address of the supplier

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Need for the Document[edit]

Importing goods refers to the process of entering goods into a given country from another, thus importing in Nigeria is the process of bringing goods from one country into Nigeria. Importation of goods into Nigeria is regulated by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS).

Information which might help[edit]

1.It is important to note that on submitted supporting documents it should be clearly indicated whether foreign

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

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e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

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