The list of items prohibited from import by Nigerian Customs

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Nigeria has over the years become a dumping ground for inferior and low quality products from across the world, especially Asia. The reason for the prohibited imported goods by Nigerian Customs Service is linked to health, environment, protection of endangered species of flora and security.

The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) in order to encourage the local production of specific items and in a continuing effort to sustain the stability of the foreign exchange market takes the form of either an absolute prohibition or a restriction on what can be imported into Nigeria.

However, if you are an importer intending to start import business in Nigeria, this article will guide you on the list of items prohibited from import by the NCS. Every Nigerian importer provides adequate assurance at the border that the goods in transit meet the Nigerian regulatory requirements. See list of documents needed for the importation of goods in Nigeria.

Another key point to note as a fresh importer and already existing importers is that if there is an absolute prohibition of goods, it means that you are not allowed to import goods into Nigeria under any circumstance, but if goods are restricted, importation is allowed if you obtain a written permission from relevant agencies.


Below are the list of prohibited imported goods by the Nigerian Customs

  • Live or Dead Birds including Frozen Poultry
  • Birds Eggs
  • Soaps and Detergents excluding retail packs only
  • Mosquito Repellant Coils
  • Sanitary Wares of Plastics and Domestic Articles and Wares of Plastics excluding Baby Feeding bottles and flushing ceinstern and waterless toos toilets.
  • Rethreaded and used Pneumatic tyres excluding used trucks tyres for rethreading of sized 11.00 x 20 and above
  • Corrugated Paper and Paper 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
  • Spaghetti/Noodles
  • Refined Vegetable Oils and excluding refined Linseed, Castor and Olive oils. Crude vegetable oil are however NOT banned from importation
  • Cocoa Butter, Powder and Cakes
  • Bagged Cement
  • 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
  • Telephone Re-charge Cards and Vouchers
  • All types of Foot Wears, Bags and Suitcases excluding Safety Shoes used in oil industries, Sports Shoes, canvass shoes all Completely Knocked Down
  • Carpets and other Textile floor coverings
  • Air Pistols
  • Used Motor Vehicles above fifteen (15) years from the year of manufacture
  • Airmail Photographic Printing Paper
  • Coupons for Foreign Football pools or other betting arrangements
  • Exhausted tea or tea mixed with other substances
  • Indecent or obscene prints, painting, books, cards, engraving or any indecent or obscene articles.
  • Second-hand clothing
  • Silver or metal alloy coins not being legal tender in Nigeria
  • Pistols disguised in any form
  • Matches made with white phosphorous
  • Implements appertaining to the reloading of cartridges.
  • Cowries
  • All counterfeit/pirated materials or articles including Base or Counterfeit Coin of any Country.
  • Beads composed of inflammable celluloid or other similar substances.
  • Blank invoices.
  • Coupons for Foreign Football pools or other betting arrangements

Read more on the Nigerian Customs website

In summary, it is advisable for importers and exporters to use this article as a guide to avoid their products being seized at the port by the Nigerian Customs.


Contact us today for more details on the importation and exportation of goods in Nigeria.



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