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  • Obtain all necessary documents.

The manufacturer/Importer is required to make an application for the registration of Liquor.

In case of a manufacturer is outside Nigeria, such shall be represented in Nigeria by a duly registered Nigerian company with facilities to effect a recall of the product when necessary. Note that the representative will be responsible for ensuring that the health competent authority in the country is informed of any serious hazard newly associated with the liguor product.

Importers of liquor products must first submit an application on a prescribed form to the Directorate of Registration and Regulatory Affairs, NAFDAC, stating the name of the manufacturer, name (brand name where applicable) of the product. This form, labeled "FORM D-REG/001" is available online at NAFDAC?s website for download.

  • You can download the application forms online and submit them to the nearest The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in your State.
  • A separate application form is required for each regulated liquor product.
  • Fill in and submit the application form along with all other requirements.

The following are documentation for registration and renewal of permit for imported Liquor products:

  • Foreign manufacturers must be represented in Nigeria by a duly registered company or individual with the capacity to effect a product recall when necessary.
  • NAFDAC considers the local representative to be fully responsible for all matters on the product, such as registration, distribution re-calls, legal actions etc.
  • The Nigerian importer/distributor must file evidence of a Power of Attorney from the manufacturer, which authorizes him to be the representative in Nigeria.
  • A certificate of manufacture and free sale issued by a competent health authority, authenticated by the Nigerian Embassy in the country of origin. Product license or evidence of product registration in the country of origin is an added advantage.
  • All importers must submit the certificate of registration of brand name/ trademark with the trademark Registry in the Ministry of Commerce in Nigeria. This is done in the name of the owner of the trademark to protect the owner.
  • A NAFDAC application form duly completed by the local agent (importer) for the registration of each regulated product.
  • Fifteen product samples (twenty in the case of dairy products) depending on pack size must be provided to NAFDAC for physical/laboratory analysis and vetting which takes about four to eight weeks.
  • Permit must be obtained to import limited quantities for the purpose of registration.
  • A comprehensive certificate of product analysis issued by the manufacturer.
  • A letter of invitation for the inspection of factory to be submitted by the applicant in Nigeria and shall state the full location address of the manufacturer, name of contact person, E-mail address, current phone and fax numbers.

If all the above requirements are meet then you can go a head to pay for the permit.

  • Pay the license fee.
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Required Documents[edit]

  • A completed application Form and application fee.
  • Copy of Certificate of Incorporation for a company or registration certificate in case of individuals or partnership applicant.
  • Certified copies of Forms and copies of share certificates of the company directors and shareholders.
  • Proof of availability of business premises (written undertaking lease in lieu of agreement or tittle deed).
  • Proof of advertisement in Nigeria Government Gazette, and bring a stamped copy of receipt according to Regulation 3 (2) of the Liquor Act, 1999.
  • The Control Authority shall not consider an application for a licence where both the first and second notice of the application was not published for at least 21 days, in accordance with Section 13 of the Liquor Act, 1999.
  • Certified copies of valid ID for citizens and passport for non-citizen directors and shareholders.
  • Certified copies of valid work and residence permit for non citizen managers.
  • A covering letter explaining how the business would operate and provide itemized list of goods and services.
  • Satisfactory Physical Planners report for zoning of the plot.
  • Satisfactorily Environmental Health report for the business premises from Federal state Council Health Inspectors.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).



Call the Director (Registration and Regulatory Affairs)

Tele: on 01-4748627, 01- 4772452

You can visit this link for various offices located across the country

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The Liquor Act has reserved the following businesses for citizens of Nigeria:

  • Bars
  • Bottled liquor store
  • Liquor depot
  • Discotheque/night club


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


Valid for 5 years.

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

Process takes 30 working days

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
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Liquor Control Authorities
  • They issue licenses for intoxicating liquors. The Authorities meet on a bi- monthly basis to consider liquor licences.
  • Under the provisions of the Government of Nigeria Act No 19 of 1993 (as amended) and the Food and Related Products (Registration) Act No. 20 of 1999 and the accompanying Guidelines, no food item may be imported, manufactured, advertised, sold or distributed in Nigeria unless it has been registered by The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control(NAFDAC).
  • No person shall keep for sale, offer for sale or sell liquor except under the authority of a licence or permit to sell liquor or under the authority of a manufacturers licence.
  • No person shall canvass for, receive or solicit orders for the sale of liquor unless the person is the holder of a licence or permit to sell liquor or unless the person is the holder of a licence to represent a manufacturer.

Required Information[edit]

  • Police Report
  • Health Report
  • Lease Agreement/Title deed
  • Plans drawn to scale indicating inside layout
  • Bank Statement
  • Applicant's National Identity Card
  • Certificate of Incorporation, in the case of a company
  • Company Resolution, in the case of a company

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Need for the Document[edit]

With an increased awareness of and rising demand for foreign processed foods by Nigerian consumers, along with consumers perception of foreign goods as higher quality items,

Nigerian consumers are shifting towards western food types and consumption patterns. This shift is being driven by changing demographics including greater urbanization, more women working outside the home, the changing lifestyles of the large youth population, a growing middle-class and rising incomes.

Wine, including sparkling wine, alcoholic spirit beverages & liquors (excluding beer) are included among the best prospects for consumer-oriented exports to Nigeria.

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) is the Government of Nigeria's (GON) regulatory body responsible for the regulation and control of food product manufacturing, importation, exportation, advertisement, sale and distribution in Nigeria.

Information which might help[edit]

NAFDAC registration process involves documentation,

  • inspection of manufacturing facilities,
  • review of the GMP inspection report,
  • laboratory analysis for assessment of food safety and quality, vetting of labels to confirm compliance with NAFDAC's labeling regulations.
  • The process also involves advertisement (optional) control to ensure that it is not deceitful, fraudulent or misleading.
  • These activities culminate in the issuance of a NAFDAC Registration Number, which is an attestation of product quality and safety.
  • The process of registration now involves GMP audit visits by inspectors of the agency to factory locations in the respective countries of origin.
  • The registration of any food product with NAFDAC is a detailed process and could take between 1-3 months from the date samples are submitted for laboratory tests to be completed.
  • U.S. manufacturers/exporters wishing to sell their Liquor products in Nigeria also should be aware of relevant requirements and regulations of the Nigerian Customs Service mentioned in section IX of the report.
  • A successful application will be issued a certificate of registration with a validity period of five years.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

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

External Links[edit]

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  • At present, NAFDAC regulations are not specific on packaging, but the agency is in the process of developing regulations on packaging.
  • No specific waste disposal laws or product recycling regulations impact imported food products and NAFDAC does not impose any specific restrictions on packaging materials. However, plastics must be of food grade and s