Nigeria Import Restrictions

In order to enter Nigeria, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of Nigeria government, preferably, license must be obtained prior to passage through the customs, preventing the goods from being retained. On this page, you will see what kinds of items are prohibited from entering the Nigeria, and which items need special documentation before exporting to Nigeria.

Nigeria Import Regulations

Import regulations

Senders should determine import restrictions from Nigerian authorities before posting:


  • Alcohols
  • Animal products
  • Chemicals, non-hazardous
  • Cosmetics
  • Drugs: prescription and non-prescription
  • Electronic games
  • Foodstuffs
  • Glass products
  • Industrial equipment
  • Military Equipment
  • Newspapers
  • Perishables
  • Personal effects
  • Plastic made products
  • Plant, seeds
  • Stationary
  • Shoes
  • Toys
  • Vaccines.

Newspapers or periodicals must not contain articles or advertisements relating to the treatment of venereal diseases.

Nigerian import restrictions are strict and addressees face prosecution if senders do not comply.

EDN’s and export permits are required for:

  • Kangaroo skins
  • Crocodile skins
  • Emu oil
  • Fish oil
  • Bunker oil
  • Coal
  • Petroleum bases products
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Any other alcohol including beer and spirits all volumes.

Special documentation requirements

Nigeria requires an Import Duty Report Licence for all goods except personal effects, newspapers and vaccines. Before posting, senders should confirm that the addressee has the necessary licence.

The sender and receiver details must be addressed with a valid street address in English. A Post Office Box address is not acceptable.

The sender is responsible for finding if the destination country may impose duties, taxes, brokerage fees or any other fees that may be applied on the item that is being sent. Please contact the consulate office of the country you are sending to or contact the ECI customer contact centre on 1800 007 678.


In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI International Courier Regulations, Nigeria prohibits:

  • Antiques
  • Asbestos
  • Aphrodisiacs
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Bread, biscuits, pastries or cakes
  • Brushes made in Japan
  • Calenders
  • Carpets and rugs
  • Cereals
  • Charms or similar objects likely to offend the bearer or other people
  • Clothing, piece goods
  • Clothing, used
  • Confectionery
  • Cowry shell
  • Diaries
  • Distilling apparatus
  • Dangerous good, haz. or comb. materials
  • Fabrics and fabric samples
  • Firearms
  • Flowers, artificial
  • Football pools and advertising
  • Footwear
  • Fruit, fresh or dried
  • Fur or fur products
  • Gambling devices
  • Glass ornaments and items made of glass
  • Horoscopes
  • Ironmongery
  • Invoiced, blank
  • Ivory
  • Lamps or torches
  • Literature likely to disturb the public order or the religious beliefs of the Nigerian people
  • Lottery tickets and advertising
  • Metal-work
  • Mosquito repellent coils
  • Pearls, precious stones and semi-precious stones
  • Precious metals
  • Photographic paper
  • Plastic domestic items
  • Pornography
  • Pottery bearing religious inscriptions or quotations from the Koran
  • Soil
  • Samples, textile
  • Swatches
  • Tea and tea mixed with other substances
  • Textiles or textile items
  • Travel goods
  • Tobacco
  • Vegetables.

Please be advised that Nigeria is currently experiencing high incidents of illegal online problems which involve email/ online services soliciting senders to send mobile phones in exchange for money. It is being reported that no money is being provided in the sale.

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