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Cost Of Clearing Cars In Nigeria [Complete Guide]

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Current Cost Of Clearing Cars In Nigeria [Complete Guide]. Are you searching for the cost of clearing cars in Nigeria? Buying foreign used cars is cool, some believe it’s better than buying Nigerian used cars. Clearing vehicles through Nigeria Customs is a bit challenging due to its complex bureaucratic structure and processes of getting your car out of the port. So, read through for more information.

Cost Of Clearing Cars In Nigeria

In this article we will disclose the Charges such as Nigerian custom duty charge on imported cars, port charges, and clearing agent charges that you must pay before your car can be claim and clear from Apapa Port or any other port in Nigeria.

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Nigerian New Import Duty Tariff

In 2014 Nigerian Government increased the Import Duty Tariff in other to patronize Nigeria car manufactures

Rules For Importing Cars Into Nigeria

The government of Nigeria claims that you must make an e-Form M import any type of goods. E-Form M is valid for half a year, except for the E-Form M that you open in order to import machinery and plants, which is valid for 1 year.

Shipping From USA To Nigeria: A Step-By-Step Guide

Let’s brief you step-by-step shipping guide.

DURATION: the ship takes about 2-3 weeks to arrive in Lagos (unless the ship will stop in the other ports) from the moment it takes off from the USA port.

TRANSIT TIME: Once the ship drops off your car at the destination port in Nigeria, the estimated time of transit usually takes about 1 – 3 months.

You should keep in mind that when the ship gets to port in Lagos, the process does not end here. Usually, the off-loading process takes several weeks. And this is the best moment to get your clearing agent to work.

Here is the step-by-step guide on shipping cars if you do it yourself or with the help of the agent:

How to ship any car by yourself

  • Find a Shipping Broker Online or Offline
  • Download their application form called Docket Receipt
  • Complete the docket receipt and fax or email it to the shipping broker
  • the broker will process and send it back to you in 1-2 days depending on their response timing
  • Make 6 copies of the docket receipt and 6 copies of the car title front and back
  • take your car and paper-work to the port
  • the port staff will give you a receipt confirming that your car was accepted for shipping
  • the broker then sends you a bill for the shipping
  • Once you make the payment, they will mail your bill of lading to you
  • Make a copy of the bill of lading and send the originals immediately to your clearing agent preferable by courier
  • Your clearing agent will clear the car from the port
  • All this process may take up to 3 months or more

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Shipping any car through a shipping agent

  • Fine a shipping agent in your area
  • Complete the Agent’s paper-work form
  • Give him the car, Keys and original title
  • You may be required to pay the shipping fee immediately or when the ship leaves
  • Once the bill is lading is ready, the agent will call you for pick-up
  • Make a copy of the bill of lading and send the original copies to your clearing agent
  • Your cleaning agents clear the car from the Port
  • this whole process may take up to 3 months

Cost of shipping cars from the USA to Nigeria

  • You have to pay an auction fee when you are buying through an Auction abroad;
  • you pay the shipping cost to the foreign country;
  • you pay clearing fees and different port charges;
  • your paying include customs duty, levy, and VAT;
  • you are charged for the commission, that goes to shipping and clearing agents;
  • you pay charges to the shipping company at the delivery point;
  • the costs also may include some miscellaneous expenses.

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Cost Of Clearing Cars In Nigeria

The newly introduced system now focuses more on the actual value of the vehicle to get the total cost of the car.

The cost of clearing cars under the old policy based on the current value of some popular car brands:

Popular vehicle brands in Nigeria and their current clearing cost:

Car model Cost in Naira
Acura MDX 2007 N700,000
Acura MDX 2008 N850,000
Acura MDX 2009 N980,000
Acura TSX N380,000
Benz ML N450,000
Ford Edge 2007 N900,000
Ford Focus 2012 N1,400,000
Hyundai Elantra 2013 – 2016 N1,300,000
Hyundai Sonata N350,000
Kia Optima 2012 N1,200,000
Kia Spectra N500,000
Land Rover R/Sport 2006 N1,500,000
Lexus RX 300 N420,000
Mazda 3 SV N2,000,000
Mazda 6 2004 N450,000
Mitsubishi Carisma 2005 N380,000
Toyota 4 Runner 1994 N450,000
Toyota Camry 2003 N270,000
Toyota Camry 2007- 2008 N600,000
Toyota Camry Hybrid 2010 N1,100,000
Toyota Corolla 2003 N350,000
Toyota Corolla 2004 N450,000
Toyota Corolla 2005 N500,000
Toyota Corolla 2006 N600,000
Toyota Highlander N450,000
Toyota Sienna 2004 N350,000
Toyota Venza 2010 N1,100,000
Toyota Yaris 2000 N200,000
Volkswagen buses N350,000
Volkswagen CC 2011 N1,200,000
Volkswagen Passat N380,000

How to Clear Imported Cars in Nigeria

1. Get Your Waybill or Car B/L

The first and foremost thing on how to clear imported cars in Nigeria is to obtain this receipt. B/L is an acronym for the Bill of Lading and it is also sometimes represented as BoL.

In some cases, it’s called a waybill but I prefer to address it as a car’s Bill of Lading in this case. This is a receipt given by the carrier to the shipper. It acknowledges the receipt of the car(s) being shipped and specifies the terms of car(s) delivery.

It also contains the details of the car you are importing from anywhere to Nigeria and is very important.

2. Ascertain Car’s Import Duty

Import duty is simply the car importation taxing and does not refer responsibility, as you might think. This step is where a clearing agency would be needed but I successfully scaled it.

Since it requires a simple letter writing, there are computer stalls around that’ll draft an agency’s letterhead for you. In fact, they have various registered clearance agency’s letterhead and you’d just have to pick the one your mind prefers.

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3. Obtain Valuation Site and Perform DTI

DTI means Direct Trader Input and refers to the input of car valuation on Customs web base. This should cost just a few minutes, if not seconds of your time. This is a simple upload that requires sincerity.

We refer to this stage as the ‘property declaration’ stage because you’ll upload info beyond your car. Apart from the car, whatever other item is present in the car must be stated and must undergo import valuation.

4. Print SGD and Assessment Notice

SGD refers to Single Goods Declaration.  It involves a simple printing of forms and these forms must contain the appropriate car information.

Whatever happens, do not alter or falsify any information about your car. If you should dare to falsify any info, let it not be the Customs import valuation of your car.

5. Import Duty Valuation Payment Time

There are two payment options available, it’s either you inconvenience yourself through the bank or simply pay online. Anyways, I won’t digress this writing from what I did. I paid mine through the bank and I also presented my Assessment Notice form to the bank.

Whichever payment method you use, do not fail to obtain a payment receipt. If you do not, I’m not sure of other ways you’ll follow to bypass Nigerian Customs without payment verification.

6. Request for Car Release

Here is the stage where you make your final payments to the shippers. Again, you’ll gather your initial forms including B/L, SGD, Copy(s) of Exit, and a valid means of identification.

Your identity medium could be your valid National ID card, Valid Driver’s License, and even your Voter’s Card. Various shipping agents do have their requirements in terms of your identification but it won’t deviate from this.

7. Proceed to Terminal Operator Office

Here is where you make your final payments and to the terminal operator office. You will be issued a terminal charge or debit note and you’re to pay at designated banks.

Return here after making payments to obtain your Delivery Order (DO) and have your car released by your shipper. The terminal operator will also issue you a Terminal Delivery Order (TDO) to finalize things.

8. Final Vehicle Movement and Final Verifications

Here is when your vehicle moves to the final gate and for final verifications. The Customs Officer there would crosscheck every detail of the said car.

When it’s certain that it tallies with your documents, you’ll be allowed out. You can park somewhere, call your lover and inform him/her of your new wheel’s arrival and run the Nigerian roads.

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Where To Clear Your Cars – Zonal Offices in Nigeria

The popular ports in Nigeria through which cars are brought in are Tin Can port and Apapa port. You will only clear at the Seme border if you’re importing your car from Cotonou. The various fees to pay at this border includes the custom duty, the port charge and the clearing agent fee.

Verification of car status can be done at any of the four zonal centres of the Nigerian Customs Service. It is at this place you pay the fees for your car’s uncleared status. The four zonal offices include:

  • Zone A Headquarters, No. 1 Harvey Road, Yaba, Lagos;
  • Zone B Headquarters, Kabala Doki, Kaduna;
  • Zone C Headquarters, Nigeria Ports Authority, Port Harcourt and;
  • Zone D Headquarters, Yelwa Tudu Road, Bauchi State.

Another method of verification is to call or send an SMS to the following NCS numbers alongside your C-number, the year you paid your duty and the port or location through which your car was brought into the country. The numbers to call are 094621597, 094621598, and 094621599. You should receive a customs clearance after a few minutes.


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