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    Customs Clearing Procedure in Nigeria Ocean Port

    Customs Clearing Procedure in Nigeria Ocean Port

    Get cost of customs clearing of 20ft, 40ft Container in Nigeria (Apapa / Tincan Island) Sea port. We Explained customs documentation, assessment notice, Terminal and Shipping company charges and release processes in Nigeria Sea Port.

     Read Related Post “How to Process PAAR in Nigeria” .

    Standard Import Clearance Process in Nigeria Sea Ports- Customs Area
    Here you'll learn steps by step procedure in Customs clearing of imports in Nigeria Apapa / Tincan Island Sea port. We Explained customs documentation, assessment notice, Terminal and Shipping company charges and release processes in Nigeria Sea Port.

    Having obtained your Final Shipping Document, including PAAR from your authorized dealer’s Bank, Importer is expected to hand over all shipping documents and PAAR to the clearing agent whom among his (clearing agent) obligations shall be to carry out standard import clearance through customs from Nigeria sea Port and or from other customs bonded warehouses as stated below;

    1. Clearing agent captures Single Goods Declaration (SGD) using Direct Trade Input (DTI) from his own computer or DTI Café.

    2. Clearing agent self-assesses the SGD from DTI Café and print out the assessment notice.

    3. After the assessment has been done, an electronic message is transmitted to the relevant commercial Bank specifying amount to be paid for Customs duties.

    4. Clearing agent then proceeds to bank to pay the exact amount specified on the assessment notice and do other customs formalities.

    5. Upon the completion of Customs clearing formalities, the Importer/ Clearing agent will request for the release of his consignment from his own computer system or DTI Café.

    6. The Clearing agent then present his SGD to the Customs Processing Center (CPC) at relevant Customs Area Command for Custom control and release of Consignment.

    Releasing / endorsing through other government agencies. This is the most tasking, technical areas in the clearing process;

    (a) Examination booking and examination proper
    (b) Signing and securing releasing Stamps / signatures from different customs units e.g, CIU, Enforcement, Customs Gate control etc.
    (c) Signing of examination Form by Government agencies in the Port; e.g Police, SSS, Anti-drugs, Anti-Bomb, Nafdac / SON, and others

    NOTE: TIN number of Consignee (Company name OR personal name) is needed to take any step, including the very first step.
    PAAR generated: within 24 hours if there are no issues from Importer / shipper / bank / customs.

    NOTE: Consignee / Receiver can handle PAAR processing or assign Freight Broker to help process one. Contact Valuehandlers if you need help to process Form M / PAAR on 08032241768, Email:  customercare@valuehandlers.com or

    Standard Import Clearance Process in Nigerian Sea Ports- General / Ordinary Clearance;

    Apart from getting your cargo cleared through Nigeria Customs, there are other port operators including handlers and other government agencies. Checklist of Government agencies in Nigeria Ports…

    Handlers in Nigeria Sea port includes;

    1. Terminal Operators also have their charges / fees. Charges and fees from these operators varies and depend on equipment used in handling your shipment and numbers of days your shipment takes to scale through customs clearance.

    2. Shipping Company- Another major stakeholder in Nigeria Seaport. Shipping companies have their charges too and fee will depend on the shipping company who transported your cargo from cargo origin to Nigeria. There are multinational and Indigenous shipping companies operating in Nigeria.

    NOTE: charges from the mentioned operators above are for consignee account. You can get the final debit notes from these operators through the assistance of your employed broker / agent.

    Issuance and Payment of Debit Notes by Handler and Port operator:

    1. Clearing vendor / agent will obtain shipping charges (invoice or debit note) from the Liner agent, also known as shipping company that convey your cargo from country of origin. The debit notes are obtained by presenting Bill of Lading. Examples of these companies; Zim line, known in Nigeria as Lagos & Niger Shipping Line, Maersk Line, MSC, Comet, UASC, Grimaldi Lines etc....

    2. In like manner Clearing vendor will also proceed to the terminal operator's office to obtain a debit note or terminal charges. Terminal operators came to being during former President Obasanjo's privatization regime. Among their responsibilities; to secure the container and provide handling equipment required to shift, move, load and position containers for customs examination or scanning process within the Sea port.

    3. Payment of both terminal and shipping companies debit note must be paid in their designated banks.

    4. Note in some certain terminals, the terminal charges must be paid before examination could take place.

    5. Once payment is made to shipping company and cargo is released by the shipping company, Delivery Order (DO) will be issued


    This is where all the documents are compiled (shipping company D.O, and other supporting papers, plus customs release documents, all these documents will be required by the terminal operator for Exit note and Terminal Delivery Order (TDO) is issued by the terminal operator and cargo is released ready for truck out to the Final Gate.

    Final Clearing step: The truck proceeds to final Gate and wait for another round of documentation by the customs, e.g. confirmation of duty payment, endorsement and multiple registrations of documents. Finally, truck which convenes the container (s) should be on the way out of the Sea port. 


    Valuehandlers is clearing Container in Tincan / Apapa in 3 to 4 days, and cost of clearing 20ft container in Nigeria Sea port is N470,000 (covers shipping / terminal company charges, container deposit and Professional fee) 


    Valuehandlers is clearing Container in Tincan / Apapa in 3 to 4 days, and cost of clearing 40ft container in Nigeria Sea port is N600,000 (covers shipping / terminal company charges, container deposit and Professional fee)  Note: Please always contact us for prevailing freight rates.


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    FINAL NOTE: Certain cargoes do not require Form M e.g, personal effects & Vehicles less than 15yrs of age.

    About Valuehandlers: Valuehandlers is a professional Freight forwarder specializes in Air & Sea shipping, Customs clearing and cargo delivery from and to Nigeria for Packages, Item, Equipment, Machines, Raw materials, Dangerous goods, Personal effects, trucks and Cars. Call 08032241768 for Form M and PAAR Processing in Nigeria

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