Pretty amazing stuff I learn when I’m back home.

I was having a conversation and it came up that importation of furniture into Nigeria isn’t allowed. In other words, imported furniture is contraband! Interesting. Also got me thinking what else is on the contraband list, so here you go. #NaijaCustoms101 courtesy of ReviewNaija! Find my comments are in orange 🙂

Import Prohibition List from Nigeria Customs Administration Website

1. Live or Dead Birds including Frozen Poultry – aye! no Americana chicken

2. Pork, Beef – I’ve heard this is the hindrance for Mcdonalds; they want to import their own beef if they open shop in Naija. true or false?

3. Birds Eggs

4. Refined Vegetable Oils and Fats [but excluding Linseed, Castor and Olive oils. Crude vegetable oil are however NOT banned from importation]. – I wonder why castor/olive oils are excluded. please enlighten us if you know

5. Cocoa Butter, Powder and Cakes – does this involve cake mixes like betty crocker and co? curious…

6. Spaghetti/Noodles – you musto chop indomie or dangote spaghetti utunu! what other options are there?

7. Fruit Juice in Retail Packs 

8. Waters, including Mineral Waters and Aerated Waters containing added Sugar or Sweetening Matter or Flavoured, ice snow, other non-alcoholic beverages  – [ but excluding energy or Health Drinks {Liquid Dietary Supplements} e.g. Power Horse, Red Ginseng etc] – but why would we want to import water in the first place?

9. Bagged Cement

10. 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 Acids, 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.]

11. Waste Pharmaceuticals

12. Soaps and Detergents

13. Mosquito Repellant Coils

14. Sanitary Wares of Plastics and Domestic Articles and Wares of Plastics [but excluding Baby Feeding bottles] and flushing ceinstern and waterless toos toilets.

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

16. Corrugated Paper and Paper Boards, 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

17. Telephone Re-charge Cards and Vouchers – really?

18. Textile Fabrics of all types and articles thereof and Yarn – this one must be a joke, no?

• African print [Printed Fabrics] e.g. Nigeria wax, Hollandaise, English Wax, Ankara and similar Fabrics
• Carpets and Rugs of all types

But excluding the Following:

• Lace Fabrics, Georges and other embroided Fabrics

• Made-up Garments and other Textile articles

19. All types of Foot Wears and Bags including Suitcases of leather and plastics [but excluding Safety Shoes used in oil industries, Hospitals, Fire fighting and Factories, Sports Shoes, canvass shoes all Completely Knocked Down (CKD) blanks and parts] – emmm so if LV and co. open shop here, they can’t bring in their foorwear and bags? #justcurious

20. Hollow Glass Bottles of a capacity exceeding 150mls (0.15 litres) of a kind used for packaging of beverages by breweries and other beverage and drink companies

21. Used Compressors

22. Used Motor Vehicles above fifteen (15) years from the year of manufacture – Nigeria is not your dumping ground! 

23. Furniture, 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 and headguides. 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 and Seats other than garden seats or camping equipment, convertible into beds

24. Ball Point Pens – and why do we even have to ban this in the first place? we cannot produce enough ball point pens?!?

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And there you have it! Hope you’ve learned a thing or two today. If you have answers to any of the questions in orange please enlighten us using the comment box below. Thanks in advance. 🙂


  1. They’re jokers with a lot of things on this list.

    This is why furniture is very expensive here. And then, half of the stuff made, aren’t made well.

    *rolls eyes*

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