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Nigeria Customs Import Prohibition List. Numbers 16 & 23 Is Car Related (Full List)

Nwogbunyama Emeka

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Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) is saddled with the responsibility of Collection of Revenue i.e. Import and Excise Duties, and Accounting for same. It is also responsible for the Prevention and suppression of smuggling.

They also assist in the enforcement of a wide range of import and export prohibitions and restrictions on behalf of a number of government agencies including the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON).

These 25 items have been banned from being imported into Nigeria.





The Import Prohibition List of the Nigeria Customs Service;

1. Live or Dead Birds including Frozen Poultry

2. Pork, Beef .

3. Birds Eggs; excluding hatching eggs

4. Refined Vegetable Oils and Fats [but excluding refined Linseed, Castor and Olive oils. Crude vegetable oil are however NOT banned from importation].

5. Cane or beet sugar and chemically pure sucrose, in solid form containing added flavouring or colouring matter

6. Cocoa Butter, Powder and Cakes

7. Spaghetti/Noodles





8. Fruit Juice in Retail Packs

9. Waters, including Mineral Waters and Aerated Waters containing added Sugar or Sweetening Matter or Flavoured, ice snow, other non-alcoholic beverages [ but excluding energy or Health Drinks {Liquid Dietary Supplements} e.g. Power Horse, Red Ginseng etc] and Beer and Stout (Bottled, Canned or Otherwise packed)

10. Bagged Cement

11. Medicaments

  • Paracetamol Tablets and Syrups
  • Cotrimoxazole Tablets Syrups
  • Metronidazole Tablets and Syrups
  • Chloroquine Tablets and Syrups
  • Haematinic Formulations; Ferrous Sulphate and Ferrous Gluconate Tablets, Folic Acid Tablets, Vitamine B Complex Tablet [except modified released formulations].
  • Multivitamin Tablets, capsules and Syrups [except special formulations].
  • Aspirin Tablets [except modified released formulation and soluble aspirin].
  • Magnesium trisilicate tablets and suspensions.
  • Piperazine tablets and Syrups
  • Levamisole Tablets and Syrups
  • Clotrimazole Cream
  • Ointments – Penecilin/Gentamycin
  • Pyrantel Pamoate tablets and Syrups
  • Intravenous Fluids [Dextrose, Normal Saline, etc.]

12. Waste Pharmaceuticals

13. Mineral or chemical fertilisers containing two or three of the fertilising elements nitrogen,phosphorus and potassium (NPK 15-15-15), excluding organic fertilser

14. Soaps and Detergents (in retail packs only)

15. Mosquito Repellant Coils (Mosquito Coils).

16. Rethreaded and used Pneumatic tyres but excluding used trucks tyres for rethreading of sized 11.00 x 20 and above.

17. 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 incotinent pads for adult use and Exercise Books

18. Telephone Re-charge Cards and Vouchers

19. Carpets and other Textile floor coverings

20. All types of Foot Wears, Bags and Suitcases and [but excluding Safety Shoes used in oil industries, Sports Shoes, canvass shoes all Completely Knocked Down (CKD) blanks and parts]

21. Hollow Glass Bottles of a capacity exceeding 150mls (0.15 litres) of all kinds used for packaging of beverages by breweries and other beverage and drink companies

22. Used Compressors, Used Air Conditioners and Used Fridges/Freezers

23. Used Motor Vehicles above fifteen (15) years from the year of manufacture

24. Ball Point Pens and parts including refills (excluding tip)

25. Tomato paste or concentrate put up for retail sale





Emeka is a Contributor at Autojosh. A graduate of Electrical/Electronic Engineering with a B.Eng degree. Emeka is a car enthusiast who is interested in traveling, writing, movies and driving. He also loves drinking garri with cold water.

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