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    Customs Clearance Import Delivery Documents- Govt Agencies requirement
    Updated On: 10 Mar 2021 | 1,246 Views

    Customs Clearance Import Delivery Documents- Govt Agencies requirement

    Customs Clearance Import Delivery Documents- Govt Agencies requirement

    To receive goods imported into Nigeria, goods must pass through a clearing process initiated by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and may involve one or more of some other government agencies depending on the type of product. Some of these relevant government agencies are Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), etc. 

    Every goods, cargoes and packages crossing the Nigerian borders as import or export through any means of transportation (air freight/sea freight/road transport) must be examined at the airport, seaport, or Land border assessed and evaluated to ensure compliance with government regulatory policies and Customs guidelines on importation and exportation processes before delivery to its final destination.

    Documents Required By Different Agencies 

    • Nigeria Customs Service (NCS)

    • Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON)

    • National Food and Drug Administration Center (NAFDAC)

    • National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA)

    Nigeria Customs Service (NCS)

    This encompasses all agencies, they are solely responsible for all goods and materials passing through every Nigerian border whether on land, air or sea. 

    The documents they provide are 

    1. Form M; issued through an authorized commercial bank

    2. Pre- Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR): This is a document that is issued by the NCS and confirms that the imported goods are in conformity with the set criteria of Nigeria import standards. 

    Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON)

    This agency is responsible for maintaining a level of standard of quality for all goods imported or exported into Nigeria. Below are the documents that they are concerned with:

    1. Product Certificate is issued by the manufacturer or supplier in the exporting country and required by SON. 

    2. SONCAP Certificate: This is issued under the  Standards Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Program. The import products undergo a series of testing and verification at the country of supply to ensure the products conform with a set of standards and after which a SONCAP Certificate is issued.

    National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)

    This government agency as the name denotes is in charge of the regulation of food and drugs at the borders for both imports and exports and as well extends to cosmetics, skincare and other substances used by Nigerians. 

    1. NAFDAC Certificate: This is issued to importers of food, drugs, cosmetics, etc after review and examination either at the origin or upon arrival.

    National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA)

    This agency works directly with the Nigeria Customs Service to regulate the importation of used items; mostly electronic products into Nigeria to reduce the risk of Nigeria being used as a dumping ground for certain commodities. They regulate used electrical electronic equipment, small and large industrial equipment, etc.

    1. NESREA Clearance Permit: This is the only document issued by NESREA. This permit can as well be used to obtain Form M and process PAAR. It is issued on all used products except used vehicles which are regulated by SON.

    Other Agencies Involved in the Customs Clearance

    There are as well some other agencies that aid the customs clearing process and the delivery of imported items out of the port by inspection. These agencies do not issue any form of documents, certificates or permits but just perform a physical inspection of packages and cargoes upon arrival at the ports. Some of these agencies are:

    • Federal Environmental Protection Agency (FEPA)

    • National Intelligence Agency (NIA)

    • State Security Service (SSS)

    • Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS)

    • National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), etc.

    Other Documents Required 

    Some documents needed for customs clearance are not issued by government agencies but are gotten from port operators, suppliers, etc. Some of these documents are 

    • Bill of Lading and Airway Bill

    • Product Certificates

    • Proforma invoices and Final Invoices

    • Insurance Certificate/Certificate of Insurance (COI) 

    Valuehandlers International Limited maintains professional relationships with all the relevant government agencies which have been a major pivotal to our stress-free service delivery on Customs clearance. 

    Contact Us

    Call: 08032241768

    Send a mail to info@valuehandlers.com 

    Visit www.valuehandlers.com for more information.


    About the Blogger: Valuehandlers is a freight forwarding and logistics company with deep competencies in Air cargo freight, Sea freight, Express parcel, E-commerce logistics, Import and Export documentation, door delivery and pick-up services, Customs clearing and warehousing. 



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