Simple steps to import goods into Nigeria

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The import process in Nigeria involves a number of steps which are enumerated below:

  1. Ensure you obtain a Tax Identification Number (TIN) from the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS).
  2. 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.
  3. Obtain regulatory certificates from SON or NAFDAC as the case may be for items that are regulated.
  4. 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.
  5. Submit the listed documents to the ADB.
  6. Get a shipper to send the cargo over through a shipping line or air cargo.
  7. 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.
  8. Once your goods arrive and they are cleared, get a truck to move them to your destination of choice.
  9. Be sure to check Customs website to avoid importing contraband goods that will be seized on arrival.