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Guide to Business in Nigeria

 

 

Import and Export

 

The importation of goods is regulated by Custom, Excise Tariff etc (Consolidation) Act No 4 of 1995 (which was enacted as Custom, Excise Tariff etc (Consolidation) Decree No 4 of 1995)

 

The Tariff which is a schedule to the Act is a massive document. Printed on A4 size paper, it is just over one inch in thickness. The Tariff specified rates of import duty payable on importation of goods into Nigeria.

 

The majority of businesses will be concerned only with what cannot be imported into Nigeria and these are as specified in the Revised Import Prohibition List (Trade) and other Fiscal Policy Measures

 

 

 

Standards for goods to be exported to Nigeria

 

Goods to be exported to Nigeria must meet the standards or rules made by Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON)

 

The SON also administers the Standards Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Programme (SONCAP) Certificate in respect of importation of Regulated Products

 

The Central Bank of Nigeria issued a circular (REF; TED/AD/100/2005 dated 29th August 2005) and in that circular, the CBN made it mandatory that with effect from 1st December 2005,

 

1.     Importers of good must have a Product Certificate for the purpose of processing of Form M if they intend to import Regulated Products

 

2.     SONCAP Certificate for clearance of goods at Nigeria Points of Entry in respect of importation of Regulated Products

 

The following are Regulated Products

 

1.     All electrical and electronic products that could be used by members of the public whether in their homes or otherwise e.g in residential, office, retail, leisure etc environments. Examples include, but are not limited to, household appliances, IT products, communication products, lighting products, audio-visual products

 

2.     Motor vehicle tyres

 

3.    Automotive glass

 

4.    Vehicle spare parts

 

5.    Motor vehicle batteries

 

6.    Gas Appliances

 

7.    Toys

 

8.    Certain galvanised steel products

 

9.    Food and Food Products

 

10.  Chemicals

 

The SON expects Banks to bring the requirements of SONCAP to the attention of all importers who approach the Banks for the purpose of importation of goods

 

For additional information about SON, do visit www.sononline-ng.org