The import process in Nigeria involves a number of steps which are enumerated below:
- Ensure you obtain a Tax Identification Number (TIN) from the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS).
- Select a bank of choice in Nigeria to act as your Authorised Dealer Bank (ADB). This is the bank that will process your Form M.
- Obtain regulatory certificates from SON or NAFDAC as the case may be for items that are regulated.
- Open Form M on the Nigerian Trade Platform (Single Window system) attaching the required documents such as insurance certificate, proforma invoice and the product certificate.
- Submit the listed documents to the ADB.
- Get a shipper to send the cargo over through a shipping line or air cargo.
- Once your bank processes your Form M, Customs will issue a pre-arrival assessment report (PAAR), which you will use to commence the clearance of your cargo.
- Once your goods arrive and they are cleared, get a truck to move them to your destination of choice.
- Be sure to check Customs website to avoid importing contraband goods that will be seized on arrival.