JVK Africa Movers Ltd
14 Amodu Tijani Close,
Off Sanusi Fafunwa,
Tel: +234 – 09092159963/09092159964
HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS
- Expatriates must be working for a registered company and hold a valid work/residence permit and have a Nigerian Federal Tax Identity Number (TIN). One air and one sea shipment only can be imported duty free but duty will be levied on new items or items deemed in excessive quantities for personal needs. Shipments ought to arrive within three months of work/residence permit being issued. Shipper’s original passport and work permit will be required for clearance. Any new items must be declared and will be dutiable.The TIN is very important. Without it the shipment CANNOT be cleared. However for a variety of reasons the TIN might not have been issued before the shippers shipment arrives. In this instance a temporary “one time use” TIN can be obtained at an extra charge of US$275.
- All shipments are inspected by both Customs and Quarantine Department. All shipments take time to clear and demurrage is inevitable. Depending on the shipment it might need to be offloaded into bonded warehouse in the port area. High bonded warehouse/handling charges apply and are EXCLUDED in our rates. Shipments can only be released after both Customs and Quarantine have approved release. Shipments will be inspected separately by both departments at a time of their choosing.See below comments regarding the restrictions on importing furniture.For any shipper that does not fulfill these criteria the entire shipment will be subject to high import duty at varying rates.
Diplomats require duty free certificate issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs whilst UN/NGO/AID employees require duty free certificate issued by their sponsor government department. Again, demurrage is very likely.
All shipments must be ISPM15 compliant. Additional quarantine charges might apply if shipments aren’t compliant.
Sea shipments take upto 30 days to clear and air upto 10 days. High demurrage likely on all shipments.
There are two main ports in Lagos ( Apapa and Tin Can) as well as numerous overflow terminals. All are heavily congested. Clearing times vary and cannot be predicted. Often containers are offloaded at the overflow terminals due to space constraints but the containers still needed to be transferred to the main port for clearance. Often the transport costs for this extra trucking is billed to the consignee and is NOT included in our rates.
The traffic in Lagos is also heavily congested as such it is very hard to guarantee definite delivery times in a day with the shipper as transport times are out of our control.
Most shipping lines charge a container bond prior to release of the container from the port. This fee is excluded from our rates and will be collected from shipper. Once the container is returned the shipping line will refund the bond paid less any fees they decide for damage/cleaning. As they control the bond money JVK has little influence over this and most shipping lines inevitably find a reason to not refund the entire bond amount. It can take up to 3 months for the bond to be returned. The bond fee varies but is approx US$500-1000/20ft and US$1000-2000/40ft.
It is not unusual for the multiple agencies involved in the clearance process to seek unofficial payments from shippers especially if they believe there has been an infringement of the customs regulations. Whilst JVK will do it’s best to avoid this we do not guarantee that it wont happen and will work with all parties involved to resolve the matter as quickly as possible.
All seafreight shipments into Nigeria require a ADVANCE CARGO DECLARATION (CTN / ACD) number to be issued PRIOR to shipping from origin. This number MUST be states on the OBL. Without it the shipment CANNOT be cleared in Nigeria. It is the responsibility of the booking agent to ensure compliance with this and NOT JVK. The number can be obtained online at http://acdnigeria.com/ . All extra charges incurred due to non-compliance will be billed to booking agent/shipper prior to clearance plus an administration fee of US$350/occurrence.
PROHIBITED AND RESTRICTED GOODS
Never mix personal effects with commercial goods.
The importation of any kind of furniture into Nigeria is not permitted – high penalties are incurred if any furniture is shipped. If furniture is not declared and is found in the shipment the shipper will be required to pay a high fine, will run the risk of having the entire shipment confiscated and will be required to personally explain why it was shipped. This is a situation best avoided so DO NOT ship any furniture.
Generally pornography, guns, fireworks, narcotics, gambling instruments and subversive or offensive literature are banned .
MOTOR VEHICLES (AUTOS AND MOTORBIKES)
- Non diplomats cannot import cars duty free. Bill of Sale and current insurance paperwork are required as proof of ownership and use.
ANIMALS AND PETS
- Pets are very difficult to import. Contact JVK for more details.
Consign both sea and air shipments to:
Shipper (name spelt exactly as in passport)
c/o shipper Nigeria address
Notify party: JVK Africa Movers Ltd, Tel: +234 – 09092159963/09092159964
- NOTE – Customs regulations are subject to change at any time. The proceeding information is a brief summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipments to this destination and is being provided for general guidance to assist our Agents and Customers. Since such regulations are subject to change without notice, JVK Africa Ltd cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance. Always double check with your local embassy or consulate.