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Details of Palletization and List of Exempted Materials from Palletization

Mandatory Palletization of Containerized Cargo: With respect to the mandatory palletization of containerized cargo imported into Nigeria, it is relevant to clarify that all cargo for which form ‘M’ has been established before 1st January 2018 shall not be required to be palletized, provided such cargo shall arrive Nigeria on or before 31st March 2018. However, if the cargo does not arrive Nigeria on or before the stipulated date, it must be palletized, except it is exempted from the palletization policy. 

List of materials exempted from palletization are attached with respective HS Code.

39006.90.00.00  AGM 5 plus adv. ex BASF ASAP 535  
  AGM 5 PlusAdv. ex Nip. Shok. Gr CA L521 
5603.92.00.00  AQL TWE 43gsm Gen 2 Plus 80mm White 
5603.92.00.00  ISS STS Sandler 50gsm CW 86mm RD 1260mm 
  CS10 Fiber IP CMF 3rd Gen Trad Bale 
  Fluff Pulp IP FR RW 250mm RD1520mm 
  FT GUI 80gsm 86mm Teal 
5603.11.00.00  INCF FAB PGITA 13gsm 170mm Teal 5% 
5603.11.00.00  INCF FAB SGN 2F 15gsm 154 Teal
INCF FAB SGN 2F 15gsm 170mm Teal
TS GULGA 15gsmCW156mmCD152.4mm GR SPB Em
5603.11.00.00  TS SGNDA 15gsmCW156mmCD152.4mm GR SPB Em 
  LAM BE MDG 120mm NON BRE Teal Stargate 
  LAM BE MDG 140mm NON BRE Teal Stargate 
5603.12.00.00  LZ Pegas 35gsm Unprint 136mm 
5603.11.00.00  NW OC GULCA 9gsm 206mm 
5603.11.00.00  NW OC SGNRA 15mm 206mm 
5603.11.00.00  NW OC SGNRA 15gsm 212mm 
5603.11.00.00  NWCC PEGGA 10gsmCW133mmCD76.2mm WH 
5603.11.00.00  NWCC PEGGA 10gsmCW137mmCD76.2mm WH  
5603.11.00.00  HPHO NWDL PEGCA 10gsmCW133mmCD152.4mm WH 
5603.11.00.00  HPHO NWDL PEGCA 10gsmCW137mmCD152.4mm WH 
  NWFE GULCA 33gsm SW80mm WH CID152.4mm 
  TS SGNDA 12 gsmCW156CD152.4mm SPB TE 
  TS SGNDA 12 gsmCW168CD152.4mm SPB TE  
  TS SGNDA 12 gsmCW156CD152.4mm Wh SPB Em  
3920.10.10.00  TS3 168 on roll 179 relaxed Tred X-36100 
  Plain wet strength paper  
  Metalized paper 
  White line chip boards 
  Reel of boards 
  Flat steel sheet in rolls 
  Flat aluminium sheets in roll 
  Motor vehicles 
  Mobile firefighting equipment 
  Earth moving tyres 
  Consignment with space to enable in-container examination 
  Consignment / products packed in studded crates 
  Jumbo paper/tissue reels 

Sanctions: Any importer that defaults on the mandatory Palletization of containerized goods imported into Nigeria shall be liable to the fine of 25% of Freight on Board value in Naira equivalent of the unpalletized goods. The amount shall be paid into the Comprehensive Import Supervision Scheme Account (CISS) with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) shall be responsible for the implementation and enforcement of the Palletization Sanctions and Guidelines.

Responsibility of Shipping Lines/Carriers: Shipping Lines shall advise all intending shippers to palletize all containerize cargo that are not exempted from the Nigeria Palletization Policy.

Local Charges

Dry in Naira

Documentation/Release Fee 23,850 43,200
Container Cleaning Fee 2,000 4,000
Port Additional Charge/Port Dues (PAI) 30,060 65,130
Destination Certificate 100 100
Deposit ( Within Lagos) 100,000 200,000

Demurrage and Detention in Naira – Dry

Daily Rate Daily Rate
Detention (1-5 days) - -
Detention (6-10 days) 7,000 10,500
Detention (11-16 days) 9,300 14,600
Detention (17-22 days) 11,600 17,500
Detention (23+) 13,900 20,400

VAT is applicable on all DD charges 


Documentation/Release Fee 31,400 49,900
Container Cleaning Fee 2,000 4,000
Port Additional Charge/Port Dues 38,000 76,000
Destination Certificate 100 100
Deposit ( Within Lagos) 525,000 900,000

Demurrage and Detention in Naira – Reefer

NGN per day NGN per day
1-3 days Free Free
4-6days 11,400 22,800
7+ days 45,760 91,300

VAT is applicable on all DD charges

Please Note: Port Security Service - Import (PSI) charge for world to Onne, Nigeria is payable alongside freight by shipper and not a local charge.


Track cargo arrival Track your container or Bill of Lading (B/L) onwww.maersk.comor call our call centre
Obtain rotation number From 5 days prior to vessel arrival, the rotation number for the vessel will be available fromcustoms. This is displayed at the Lilypond counter waiting area and same can be confirmed via our call center.
Receive invoice Present your original B/L to theInvoicing Counterwho will process your invoice within 20 minutes
Pay invoice Go to the nearest Citibank to pay the invoice. Obtain a payment receipt from Citibank
Obtain delivery order Present the payment receipt at the Release Counter along with other statutory documents to obtain your delivery order
Take delivery of container Take physical delivery of your container and unload your cargo
Return empty container Return the empty container to the port as soon as possible
Apply for refund Submit a refund application at our Refund Counter
Collect refund cheque Receive your refund cheque


Maersk acceptance terminates at the Port Terminals. No carrier haulage services are offered in Nigeria. Any cargo moving to inland points are on own risk and account of the cargo.

  • Dry and Reefer cargo can be accepted to all terminals.

Import Prohibition List (Commodity)

Prohibition List

1.     Live or Dead Birds including Frozen Poultry – H.S. Codes 0105.1100 – 0105.9900, 0106.3100 – 0106.3900, 0207.1100 – 0207.3600 and 0210.9900

2.     Pork, Beef – H.S. Codes 0201.1000 – 0204.5000, 0206.1000 – 0206.9000, 0210.1000 – 0210.2000.

3.     Birds Eggs – H.S. Code 0407.0000; excluding hatching eggs

4.     Refined Vegetable Oils and Fats – H.S. Code 1507.1000.00 – 1516.2000.29 [but excluding refined Linseed, Castor and Olive oils. Crude vegetable oil are however NOT banned from importation].

5.     Cane or beet sugar and chemically pure sucrose, in solid form containing added flavouring or colouring matter - H.S. Code 1701.91.1000 - 1701.99.9000 in retail packs.

6.     Cocoa Butter, Powder and Cakes – H.S. Codes 1802.00.0000 – 1803.20000, 1805.001000 - 1805.00.9000, 1806.10.0000 – 1806.20.0000 and 1804.00.0000.

7.     Spaghetti/Noodles – H.S. Codes 1902.1100 – 1902.30.0000.

8.     Fruit Juice in Retail Packs – H.S. Codes 2009.11.0012 - 2009.11.0013 – 2009.9000.99

9.     Waters, including Mineral Waters and Aerated Waters containing added Sugar or Sweetening Matter or Flavoured, ice snow – H.S. Codes 2201.1000 – 2201.90.00, other non-alcoholic beverages H.S. Code 2202.10.00 - 2202.9000.99 [ but excluding energy or Health Drinks {Liquid Dietary Supplements} e.g. Power Horse, Red Ginseng etc] H.S. Code 2202.9000.91 and Beer and Stout (Bottled, Canned or Otherwise packed) H.S. Code 2203.0010.00 - 2203.0090.00

10.  Bagged Cement – H.S. Code 2523.2900.22.

11.  Medicaments falling under Headings 3003 and 3004 as indicated below:

  • 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
  • Intravenous Fluids [Dextrose, Normal Saline, etc.]

12.  Waste Pharmaceuticals - H.S. Code 3006.9200

13.  Soaps and Detergents – H.S. Code 3401.11.1000 – 3402.90.0000 (in retail packs only)

14.  Mosquito Repellant Coils – H.S. Code 3808.9110.91 (Mosquito Coils).

15.  Sanitary Wares of Plastics – H.S. Code 3922.1000 – 3922.9000 and Domestic Articles and Wares of Plastics H.S. Code 3924.1000 – 3924.9090.00 [but excluding Baby Feeding bottles 3924.9020.00] and flushing ceinsternand waterless toos toilets.

16.  Rethreaded and used Pneumatic tyres but excluding used trucks tyres for rethreading of sized 11.00 x 20 and above 4012.2010.00.

17.  Corrugated Paper and Paper Boards – H.S. Code 4808.1000, and cartons, boxes and cases made from corrugated paper and paper boards H.S. Code 4819.1000, Toilet paper, Cleaning or facial tissue - H.S. Code 4818.1000 - 4818.9000 excluding baby diapers and incotinent pads for adult use 4818.4000.41 and Exercise Books - H.S. Code 4820.2000.

18.  Telephone Re-charge Cards and Vouchers – H.S. Code 4911.9990.91

19.  Carpets and other Textile floor coverings falling under H.S. Code 5701.10.000 - 5705.00.0000

20.  All types of Foot Wears, Bags and Suitcases H.S. Codes 6401.1000.11 – 6405.9000.99 and 4202.1100.10 – 4202.9900.99 [but excluding Safety Shoes used in oil industries, Sports Shoes, canvass shoes all Completely Knocked Down (CKD) blanks and parts]

21.  Hollow Glass Bottles of a capacity exceeding 150mls (0.15 litres) of all kinds used for packaging of beverages by breweries and other beverage and drink companies – H.S. Code 7010.9021.29 and 7010.9031.00.

22.  Used Compressors – H.S. Code 8414.3000, Used Air Conditioners – H.S. Codes 8415.1000.11 – 8415.9000.99 and Used Fridges/Freezers – H.S. Codes 8418.1000.11 – 8418.69.0000.

23.  Used Motor Vehicles above fifteen (15) years from the year of manufacture – H.S. Codes 8703.10.00 – 8703.90.0000

24.  Furniture – H.S. Codes 9401.1000.00 – 9401.9000.99 and 9403.1000 – 9404.9000, but excluding Baby walkers, laboratory cabinets such as microscope table, fume cupboards, laboratory benches (9403), Stadium Chairs, height adjustments device, base sledge, seat frames and control mechanism, arm guide andheadguides. Also excluded are; skeletal parts of furniture such as blanks, unholstered or unfinished part of metal, plastics, veneer, chair shell etc. Also excluded are Motor Vehicle seats (9401.2000.00) and Seats other than garden seats or camping equipment, convertible into beds (9401.4000.00)

25.  Ball Point Pens and parts including refills (excluding tip) H.S. Code 9608.10.0000

Goods: The Importation of Which is Absolutely Prohibited

1.     Air Pistols

2.     Airmail Photographic Printing Paper.

3.     All counterfeit/pirated materials or articles including Base or Counterfeit Coin of any Country.

4.     Beads composed of inflammable celluloid or other similar substances.

5.     Blank invoices.

6.     Coupons for Foreign Football pools or other betting arrangements.

7.     Cowries.

8.     Exhausted tea or tea mixed with other substances. For the purposes of this item, "exhausted tea" means any tea which has been deprived of its proper quality, strength, or virtue by steeping, infusion, decoction or other means.

9.     Implements appertaining to the reloading of cartridges.

10.  Indecent or obscene prints, painting, books, cards, engraving or any indecent or obscene articles.

11.  Manilas.

12.  Matches made with white phosphorous.

13.  Materials of any description with a design which, considering the purpose for which any such material is intended to be used, is likely in - the opinion of the president to create a breach of the peace or to offend the religious views of any class of persons in Nigeria.

14.  Meat, Vegetables or other provisions declared by a health officer to be unfit for human consumption.

15.  Piece goods and all other textiles including wearing apparel, hardware of all kinds' crockery and china or earthenware goods bearing inscriptions (whether in Roman or Arabic characters) from the Koran or from the traditions and commentaries on the Koran.

16.  Pistols disguised in any form.

17.  Second-hand clothing.

18.  Silver or metal alloy coins not being legal tender in Nigeria.

19.  Nuclear Industrial waste and other Toxic waste

20.  Spirits: -

1.   Other than -

·         Alcoholic bitters, liqueurs, cordials and mixtures admitted as such in his discretion by the Comptroller-General and which are not deemed to be injurious spirits within the meaning of any enactment or law relating to liquor or liquor licensing.

·         Brandy, i.e. a Spirit Distilled in Grape-growing countries from fermented grape juice and from no other materials and Stored in wood for a period of three years;

·         Drugs and medicinal spirits admitted as such in his discretion by the Comptroller-General.

·         Gin, i.e. Spirit- Produced by distillation from a mixed mash of cereal grains only saccharified by the diastase of malt and the Flavoured by redistillation with juniper berries and other vegetable ingredients and of a brand which has been notified as an approved brand by notice in the Gazette and in containers labeled with the name and address of the owner of the brand; or 
Produced by distillation at least three times in a pot-still from mixed mash or barley, rye and maizesaccharified by diastase of malt - and then rectified by re-distillation in a potstill after the addition of juniper berries and other vegetable materials.

·         Methylated or denatured spirit, i.e. - Mineralized Methylated spirit mixed as follows: - To every ninety parts by volume of spirits nine and one-half parts by volume of wood naphtha and one-half of one part by volume of crude pyridine and to every 455 litres of the mixture 1.7 litres of mineral naphtha or petroleum oil and not less than 0.7 grammes by weight of powdered aniline dye (Methyl violet) and so in proportion for any quantity less than 455 litres; and
Industrial Methylated spirit imported under license from the Comptroller-General and mixed as follows: - To every ninety-five parts by volume of spirits five parts by volume of wood naphtha and also one-half of one part by volume of the mixture; and
Spirits denatured for a particular purpose in such manner as the Comptroller-General in any special circumstance may permit;

·         Perfumed Spirits

·         Rum i.e. a Spirit - Distilled direct from sugar-cane products in sugar-cane growing countries; and
Stored in wood for a period of three years.

·         Spirits imported for medical or scientific purposes, subject to such conditions as the Comptroller-General may prescribe;

·         Spirits totally unfit for use as portable spirits admitted to entry as such in the discretion by the Comptroller-General; and

·         Whisky, i.e. a Spirit- Obtained by distillation from a mash or cereal grains saccharified by diastase of malt; and 
Stored in wood for a period of three years.

2.   Containing more than forty-eight and one-half per centum of pure alcohol by volume except denatured, medicated and perfumed spirits, and such other spirits which the Comptroller-General, in his discretion, may allow to be imported subject to such conditions as he may see fit to Impose.

3.   Weapons of any description which in the opinion of the Comptroller-General are designed for the discharge of any noxious liquid, gas or other similar substance and any ammunition containing or in the opinion of the Comptroller- General or adapted to contain any noxious liquid, gas or other similar substances

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