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Easy Ways To Clear A Car In Nigeria Port ( Complete Guide)

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Easy Ways To Clear A Car

Are you looking  for ways to clear your cars from the port? Have you been looking for the right steps and the associated fees attached to clearing a car at the ports in Nigeria? Then you have come to the right place, in this article we will be fully giving you details of how to clear your car or fleet of cars in Nigeria port.

It is reported that the average import of cars in Nigeria is about 200 thousand vehicles and with around 50 thousand brand new and also 150 thousand fairly used cars each year. In fact the bureau of statistics records the number of cars shipped into the country at 181,404 in 2017 alone and at the third quarter of 2018, the bureau of statistics says a total of 1,216,131 vehicles were shipped to Nigeria, over a period of six years (2012-2017).

Another thing you should know is that, it is never an easy thing to clear a car through Nigerian ports, with so much inefficiency in the system and so much insecurity and scammers all round. Therefore it remains a smart and wise thing to know the steps, and the associated fees attached to clearing that your car in Nigeria port. In this article, we will be giving you guides on how to do this but first let’s understand what it means to clear a car.

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What Does It Mean To Clear A Car?

This simply means that this vehicle has no outstanding financial burden of any kind or sorts that would prevent it from being sold.

What Are The Steps To Take To Clear A Car In Nigeria Port?

  1. First Obtain The Bill Of Lading
  2.  Apply For Import Duty Valuation
  3. Take Into The Custom Server This Valuation
  4. Import Duty Payment
  5. Physical Inspection And Custom Release
  6. Print Exit At Shipping Company
  7. Release At Shipping Company
  8. Tender To Custom For Sign Gate At Custom Office
  9. Collection Of Terminal Delivery Order
  10. Receive Delivery Of The Vehicle At The Floor
  11. Final Check
  12. Final Fees

Easy Ways To Clear A Car In Nigeria Port

1. First Obtain The Bill Of Lading

First on our list is obtaining the bill of lading as this is a very important document given by the shipping company or cargo carrier in form of receipt acknowledging that the cargo – in this case a vehicle, to be shipped by them is on board their ship. You can never claim any cargo without this document. This document is given to you by your shipping agent through courier services like UPS and DHL, or it can even be mailed to you which can be printed here for presentation. The bill of lading must have full details of your vehicle, as you need this document to clear your car.

2.  Apply For Import Duty Valuation

This is a simple step but could be complex if you are  not aware of the processes. You need to draft a letter using the letter headed copy of a registered clearing agency, attached with the car’s bill of lading and send them all to the customs, after you have sent this letter through a proper channel, you should expect a response from the receiver stating the actual worth of the vehicle in dollar unit and using it to measure the 35% surface duty and just in case, the car in question is a new one, you should expect to pay Nigeria customs another 35%.

3. Take Into The Custom Server This Valuation

This process can also be called “punching”. It is directly and correctly known as Direct Trade Input (DTI). It involves entering the details of the valuation previously calculated into the server of the Nigerian Customs Service. This service is carried out too through the same clearing agency that submitted the valuation application on your behalf. The other document to complete this stage is the Tax Identification Number (TIN) of the consignee.

4. Import Duty Payment

The import duty disbursement is basically the next step for you, as a bank name and account is given in the process of keying the valuation details into the systems. This bank details are used to make payment for the valuation earlier calculated. An assessment notice is given to the bank by you in order for the bank to process your payment. A receipt is the given by the bank after perfecting payment. You should also note that the receipt given by the bank is very important regardless of the mode of payment, be it online or physical cash payment, as this is a tenable evidence that you have paid.

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5. Physical Inspection And Custom Release

After registration has been done and on submission of the documents involved, then a date for physical inspection of the vehicle is reserved. On the day of the examination, the submitted and registered vehicle documents are used to verify the details of the vehicles including, VIN, year of manufacture and the paid duty. However if there are contents in the vehicle that has not been paid for in the duty, the vehicle will not be released until the right duty has been paid. Then after full payment of duty, a report will then be submitted to the releasing officer for the release of the vehicle.

6. Print Exit At Shipping Company

This next step will not take much time to complete and doesn’t need too much energy. You just need to take a stroll to the shipping company in charge of your car and tender your SGD form to print your exit copy.

7. Release At Shipping Company

You will need to collect all your documents to get your car released from the shipping company. There are some documents you will be needing to complete this, they include signed original bill of lading, SDG, exit copy and signed copy of the consignee’s identity (e.g NIN, Drivers Licence, International Passport, National ID and duly stamped/singed Certificate of Incorporation for companies). You will be asked to submit custom document that allows the agency to operate popularly known as form C30 and finally the authorization form from the clearing agency used for valuation. All of these documents will be checked and assessed by the shipping firm and you will be asked to proceed to payment.

8. Tender To Custom For Sign Gate At Custom Office

Proceed then to register and sign at the gate office. The custom release document and the exit copy from the shipping company will be needed. They will check the duty paid and next they will verify it on the system. After which, the officer in charge will then stamp and sign off your document.

9. Collection Of Terminal Delivery Order

There will be a receipt that should be issued to you by the shipping company, now with this receipt and in conjunction with with the signed gate documents, you need these two to process every in this stage. Once these has been given and deemed okay and satisfactory, the TDO is given to you.

10. Receive Delivery Of The Vehicle At The Floor

Documents will have to be submitted for the vehicle to be delivered to the open floor of the customs service for one last check and ready to move down to the final gate.

11. Final Check

There will be a final check by the custom, as they will need to do a final check on the vehicle and every, while the shipping company also does a check too, before they can allow the car to be driven out of the port.

12. Final Fees

This remains the last step in clearing that car at the port. On reaching the final gate, you will need to make a last payment to officer on duty before they will allow you take that car. Once you are done and have gone through all the steps, then you are free from every sanction and you have your car and can take it to any destination.

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How Much Is Custom Fee For Clearing Of Cars?

You might be wondering that amount custom will charge on that vehicle that you plan on clearing at the port, we got you covered,. There remains a charge of 35% levy, bringing the total clearing cost to 70% of the vehicle’s price. You should also know that the 48% increase in clearing  charge was a move by the government to discourage importation of cars while having an eye on improving locally manufactured cars in Nigeria, cars like Innoson Vehicles founded by Chief Innocent Chukwuma Nwala, this vehicle is nicknamed Pride Of African Road.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How Much Is Clearance Fee In Nigeria?

Ordinarily, the SLC charge is NGN 200,000 on average. The additional NGN 100,000 is in case where there are delays, which are most likely to be so. So many factors contribute to delays in cargo clearance.

2. How Do I Clear My Nigeria Ports?

To provide goods in Nigeria, importers are required by law to provide a Product Certificate (PC) and a SONCAP Certificate (SC).

3. How Can You Tell If Custom Papers Are Fake?

You can identify a fake custom paper by checking and verifying its c-number or custom number.

4. What Is Vehicle C-number?

The C-number is used to store and file every detail of imported goods.

5. How Long Does Clear Coat Last?

15 years.


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