Waiver Certificate Requirements

Cargo transported to Nigeria requires a pre-shipment inspection

Waiver Control:

No waiver required for shipments to Nigeria.

Pre-Shipment Inspection:

Nigeria operates the Nigerian Product Conformity Assessment Programme (SONCAP). The work is carried out for the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON – on a sole-mandate basis. SONCAP was implemented from 01/09/05.

The Government of Nigeria has implemented this programme to:

  1. Prevent the importation and dumping of unsafe, sub-standard and counterfeit products
  2. Prevent the loss of foreign exchange spent in importing these items in the past.

External Stuffing Procedures:

As shipping companies are facing limited stuffing space within terminals, stuffing completed externally is permitted, provided that the following legal conditions and procedures are respected:

  1. The presence of a customs officer is mandatory during the container stuffing; otherwise the container will be subject to examination by customs authorities.
  2. The container must be sealed with a shipping companies’ seal at the stuffing site.
  3. The seal must be identifiable with a specific number.
  4. If the seal is not in the same condition upon arrival at the terminal, the container will need to undergo examination.

Goods Prohibited from Import:

Nigeria, Africa

  • Live or Dead Birds including Frozen Poultry
  • Pork, Beef
  • Birds Eggs
  • Spaghetti/Noodles
  • Cocoa Butter, Powder and Cakes
  • Refined Vegetable Oils and Fats (but excluding Linseed, Castor and Olive oils. Crude vegetable oil are however NOT banned from importation)
  • Fruit Juice in Retail Packsv
  • Waters, including Mineral Waters and Aerated Waters containing added Sugar or Sweetening Matter or Flavoured, ice snow – H.S. Codes 2202.1000 – 2202.9000, other non-alcoholic beverages (but excluding energy or Health Drinks {Liquid Dietary Supplements} e.g. Power Horse, Red Ginseng etc) and Beer and Stout (Bottled, Canned or Otherwise packed)
  • Waste Pharmaceuticals
  • Soaps and Detergents
  • Mosquito Repellent Coils
  • Medicaments falling under Headings 3003 and 3004 as indicated below:
    • Paracetamol Tablets and Syrups
    • Cotrimoxazole Tablets Syrups
    • Metronidazole Tablets and Syrups
    • Chloroquine Tablets and Syrups
    • Haematinic Formulations; Ferrous Sulphate and Ferrous Gluconate Tablets, Folic Acid Tablets, Vitamine B Complex Tablet (except modified released formulations)
    • Multivitamin Tablets, capsules and Syrups (except special formulations)
    • Aspirin Tablets (except modified released formulation and soluble aspirin)
    • Magnesium trisilicate tablets and suspensions
    • Piperazine tablets and Syrups
    • Levamisole Tablets and Syrups
    • Clotrimazole Cream
    • Ointments – Penecilin/Gentamycin
    • Pyrantel Pamoate tablets and Syrups
    • Intravenous Fluids (Dextrose, Normal Saline, etc.)
  • Sanitary Wares of Plastics and Domestic Articles and Wares of Plastics (excluding Baby Feeding bottles) and flushing ceinstern and waterless toos toilets
  • Rethreaded and used Pneumatic tyres but excluding used trucks tyres 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 4818.4000.41 and Exercise Books
  • Telephone Re-charge Cards and Vouchers
  • Textile Fabrics of all types and articles thereof and Yarn falling under the following H.S. Codes remain under import prohibition:
      • African print (Printed Fabrics) e.g. Nigeria wax, Hollandaise, English Wax, Ankara and similar Fabrics under the following H.S. Codes – 5208.5110 – 5208.5900, 5209.5100 – 5209.5900, 5212.5100, 5212.5100, 5212.2500, 5407.4400, 5407.5400, 5407.7400, 5407.8400, 5407.9400, 5408.2400, 5408.3400, 5513.4100 – 5513.4900, 5514.4100 – 5514.4900, 5516.1400, 5516.2400, 5516.3400, and 5514.4900.00
      • Carpets and Rugs of all types falling under H.S. Codes 5701.1000 – 5705.0000

    But excluding the Following:

    • Lace Fabrics, Georges and other embroidered Fabrics falling under H.S. Codes 5801.2100 – 5801.9000, 5802.1100 – 5802.3000 and 5805.0000.00
    • Made-up Garments and other Textile articles falling under H.S. Codes 6101.2000 – 6310.9000.99
  • All types of Foot Wears and Bags including Suitcases of leather and plastics (excluding Safety Shoes used in oil industries, Hospitals, Fire fighting and Factories, Sports Shoes, canvass shoes all Completely Knocked Down (CKD) blanks and parts)
  • Hollow Glass Bottles of a capacity exceeding 150mls (0.15 litres) of a kind used for packaging of beverages by breweries and other beverage and drink companies
  • Used compressors
  • Used fridges/ freezers
  • Used Motor Vehicles above fifteen (15) years from the year of manufacture
  • Furniture – excluding Baby walkers, laboratory cabinets such as microscope table, fume cupboards, laboratory benches (9403), Stadium Chairs, height adjustments device, base sledge, seat frames and control mechanism, arm guide and headguides. Also excluded are; skeletal parts of furniture such as blanks, unholstered or unfinished part of metal, plastics, veneer, chair shell etc. Also excluded are Motor Vehicle seats (9401.2000.00) and Seats other than garden seats or camping equipment, convertible into beds (9401.4000.00)
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