Nigeria Prohibited and Restricted Imports

Nigeria Like most nations have many items restricted from imports. The restriction is to aid the growth of local manufacturing industry.   
As an import/export company to avoid catastrophic losses you need to get acquainted with the list of items. This is because such items irrespective of quality would be forfeited and heavy penalties paid.
You forfeit the goods, pay serious fines and could even face jail time. Some of the prohibited items are found  in the livestock industry and local manufacturing sector. The list also includes juice extracts, medicament's, cloths, edible oil products and washing agents.
Although there is a ban on furniture imports there are certain items excluded from the list. Such items are laboratory benches, laboratory cabinets, stadium chairs, base sledge and seat frames.
Also excluded are upholstery, veneer chair, garden seats, microscope table and fume cupboards.
Furniture Items Excluded from the Ban
  •  Laboratory benches
  • Laboratory cabinets
  • Stadium chairs
  • Base sledge
  • Seat frames
  • Upholstery  
  • Veneer chair
  • Garden seats
  • Microscope table
  • Fume cupboards
CBN Forex Policies on Certain Exports
The central bank of Nigeria does not provide foreign exchange for importation of certain items. The policy is to encourage local manufacture of such items and discourage importation.  Here is a List of Items in this category.
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List of Items in This Category
  • Polypropylene granules.
  • Cellophane wrappers
  • Tomatoes/tomato pastes
  • Galvanized steel sheets
  • Roofing sheets
  • Meat
  • processed meat products
  • Palm kernel
  • Palm oil products
  • vegetables oils
  • Cement
  • Margarine
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Tinned fish in sauce(Geisha)/sardines
  • Head pans
  • Metal boxes
  • Metal Containers
  • Enamelware
  • Steel drums
  • Cold rolled steel sheets
  • Steel pipes
  • Wire rods
  • Wood particle boards
  • Panels
  • Wood Fibre Boards
  • Toothpicks
  • Tableware
  • Tiles
  • Ceramic
  • Textile
  • Iron rods
  • Wire mesh
  • Steel nails
  • Woven fabrics
  • Vegetables
  • Poultry
  • Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Turkey
  • Private airplanes/jets
  • Indian incense
  • Clothes
  • Plastic products
  • Soap
  • Cosmetics
There is a ban on different types of pharmaceutical medicine allowed into the country. The country has a very powerful regulatory body in NAFDAC.
The National Food and Drug Administration duty is to certify and regulated drug manufacture including imports. The drugs have to go through screening, testing and certification.
They are also provide a unique NAFDAG number to identify the origin, date of manufacture and producer. Common medicaments on the ban list are intravenous fluids, penicillin, aspirin and Magnesium trisilicate tablets.
Others include Multivitamin tablets, capsules/syrups, Paracetamol and Chloroquine tablets.
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Prohibited Items
More prohibited items are sanitary pads, mosquito repellants, soaps and detergents. Others include re-threaded/used pneumatic tires, corrugated paper. In the list you find telephone re-charge cards, vouchers, ball point pens and incense.
Prohibited Items List
  • Ball point pens
  • Furniture
  • Vehicles 15 years and below
  • Used compressors
  • Used Freezers and Refrigerators
  • Hollow glass bottles
  • Telephone recharge cards
  • Carpets
  • Textile floor covering
  • Foot wears
  • Suitcases
  • Bags
  • Corrugated paper
  • Cartons
  • Boxes
  • Toilet paper
  • Facial tissue
  • Paracetamol tablets and syrups
  • Bagged cement
  • Cocoa butter, cakes and powder
  • Spaghetti
  • Refined vegetable oil
  • Pork
  • Bird eggs
  • Frozen poultry
  • Live poultry
  • Re-threaded /used pneumatic tires
  • Sanitary wear
  • Chloroquine tablets and syrup
  • Mosquito repellent coils
  • Retail soaps/detergents
  • Intravenous fluids
  • Haematinic formulations
  • Aspirin tablets
  • Ointments
  • Piperazine tablets
  • Multivitamin tablets, capsules and syrups


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