Nigeria Import Prohibition List 2021/2022 [NCS Update]


Nigeria Import Prohibition List: Checkout the Nigeria 2021 Import Prohibition List as issued by the Nigerian customs service right here on this page.

Nigeria Import Prohibition List

I believe and know for sure that there is no nation in the world that is self-sufficient and independent. Every country relies on another country to buy the products they need, and also sell the products they produce.

However, when a country allows the importation of all sorts of finished goods, the country’s economic development may be greatly affected negatively.

Hence, in the bid to protect the interest of the local manufacturers of goods and services and the national interest of a country, the government tries to restrict the importations of certain products, for the general interest of the society.

Nigeria has its own list of products that are not allowed to be imported into the country. This is known as Nigeria’s import prohibition list.

This means that any attempt to import any of the items into Nigeria will to that extent be an illegal action, which is punishable by law.

In this article, I will show you everything in the Nigeria import prohibition list, so you can be properly guided, especially if you are into the importation of products.

Nigeria Import Prohibition List 2021

As one that is into importation in Nigeria, it is highly important to know the product that can be imported in Nigeria and the products that fall under the Nigeria import prohibition list.

Below is a list of products that are not allowed to be imported into Nigeria.

  1. Live or dead birds including frozen poultry.
  2. Pork, beef, bird’s eggs, excluding hatching eggs.
  3. Refined vegetable oils and fats (includes mayonnaise).   Crude vegetable oil is NOT banned from importation.
  4. Cane or beet sugar and chemically pure sucrose, in solid form in retail packs.
  5. Cocoa butter, powder and cakes.
  6. Spaghetti/noodles.
  7. Fruit Juice in retail packs.
  8. 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).
  9. Bagged cement.
  10. Medicaments as indicated below:
      1. Paracetamol tablets and syrups;
      2. Cotrimoxazole tablets and syrups;
      3. Metronidazole tablets and syrups;
      4. Chloroquine tablets and syrups;
      5. Haematinic formulations; ferrous sulphate and ferrous gluconate tablets, folic acid tablets, vitamin B Complex Tablets (except modified released formulations).
      6. Multivitamin tablets, capsules, and syrups (except special formulations);
      7. Aspirin tablets (except modified released formulation and soluble aspirin);
      8. Magnesium trisilicate tablets and suspensions.
      9. Piperazine tablets and syrups;
      10. Levamisole tablets and syrups;
      11. Clotrimazole cream;
      12. Ointments – penicillin/gentamycin;
      13. Pyrantel pamoate tablets and syrups;
      14. Intravenous fluids (dextrose, normal saline, etc.);
      15. Waste Pharmaceuticals.
  11. Soaps and Detergents in retail packs only.
  12. Mosquito Repellant Coils.
  13. Sanitary Wares of Plastics and Domestic Articles and Wares of Plastics (but excluding Baby Feeding bottles) and flushing cistern and waterless toilets.
  14. Rethreaded and used Pneumatic tires but excluding used truck tires for rethreading of sized 11.00 x 20 and above.
  15. 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.
  16. Telephone Re-charge cards and vouchers.
  17. Carpets and other textile floor coverings.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Used compressors and used fridges/freezers.
  21. Used Motor Vehicles above fifteen (15) years from the year of manufacture.
  22. Furniture, but excluding baby walkers, laboratory cabinets such as microscope table, fume cupboards, laboratory benches, Stadium Chairs, height adjustments device, base sledge, seat frames and control mechanism, arm guide and head guides.  Also excluded are; skeletal parts of furniture such as blanks, upholstered or unfinished parts of metal, plastics, veneer, chair shell, etc.  Also excluded are Motor Vehicle seats and Seats other than garden seats or camping equipment, convertible into beds.
  23. Ball Point Pens and parts including refills (excluding tip).

In addition, NCS lists items whose importation is “absolutely prohibited:”

  1. Air Pistols
  2. Airmail Photographic Printing Paper.
  3. All counterfeit/pirated materials or articles including Base or Counterfeit Coin of any Country.
  4. Beads composed of inflammable celluloid or other similar substances.
  5. Blank invoices.
  6. Coupons for Foreign Football pools or other betting arrangements.
  7. Cowries.
  8. Exhausted tea or tea mixed with other substances.
  9. Implements appertaining to the reloading of cartridges.
  10. Indecent or obscene prints, painting, books, cards, engraving or any indecent or obscene articles.
  11. Manilas.
  12. Matches made with white phosphorous.
  13. 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.
  14. Meat, Vegetables or other provisions declared by a health officer to be unfit for human consumption.
  15. 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.
  16. Pistols disguised in any form.
  17. Second-hand clothing.
  18. Silver or metal alloy coins not being legal tender in Nigeria.
  19. Nuclear Industrial waste and other Toxic waste
  20. Some spirits
  21. Weapons 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.

Besides the import restrictions by NCS, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in 2015 restricted access to foreign exchange at the official window for importers of several items.

Also read: current dollar to naira exchange rate

However, in May 2017, the CBN lifted the restriction on importers whose cumulative transactions are $20,000 and below per quarter.

Items that are ineligible for Foreign Exchange at the CBN’s Official Window are as follows:

  1.      Rice
  2.      Cement
  3.      Margarine
  4.      Palm kernel/Palm oil products/vegetables oils
  5.      Meat and processed meat products
  6.      Vegetables and processed vegetable products
  7.      Poultry chicken, eggs, turkey
  8.      Private airplanes/jets
  9.       Indian incense
  10. Tinned fish in sauce (Geisha)/sardines
  11. Cold rolled steel sheets
  12. Galvanized steel sheets
  13. Roofing sheets
  14. Wheelbarrows
  15. Head pans
  16. Metal boxes and containers
  17. Enamelware
  18. Steel drums
  19. Steel pipes
  20. Wire rods (deformed and not deformed)
  21. Iron rods and reinforcing bard
  22. Wire mesh
  23. Steel nails
  24. Security and razor wire
  25. Wood particle boards and panels
  26. Wood Fibre Boards and Panels
  27. Plywood boards and panels
  28. Wooden doors
  29. Toothpicks
  30. Glass and Glassware
  31. Kitchen utensils
  32. Tableware
  33. Tiles-vitrified and ceramic
  34. Textiles
  35. Woven fabrics
  36. Clothes
  37. Plastic and rubber products, polypropylene granules, cellophane wrappers
  38. Soap and cosmetics
  39. Tomatoes/tomato pastes
  40. Eurobond/foreign currency bond/share purchases

That is all on Nigeria’s import prohibition list.

Also, See Nigeria Export Prohibition List.


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