Nigeria’s Customs Bans The Importation Of Over 40 Goods. Here Is The List.

The Nigeria Customs Service has impounded contraband goods worth N250 million, according to reports by Nairaland.

The list of goods that were seized by Nigeria Customs includes:

  • Fake Human And Veterinary Drugs,
  • Vehicles,
  • Second Hand Clothing,
  • Expired Vehicle Tyres,
  • Furniture, and
  • Bags of Rice.

That is a whooping N250 million lost!!!

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For someone new to the import and export business, these little “glitches” that we just laugh off can be devastating.

Well, the good news is, I’ve finally created a list of banned items/goods that will provide the new importer with information on what is considered contraband by the Nigerian Customs Service according to their website.

List of Prohibited Goods by Nigeria Customs:

  1. Air Pistols
  2. Implements appertaining to the reloading of cartridges.
  3. Matches (made with white phosphorous.)
  4. 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.
  5. Pistols  ( For this I agree).
  6. Beads composed of inflammable celluloid or other similar substances.
  7. Nuclear Industrial waste .
  8. Weapons of any description.


  1. Silver or metal alloy coins not being legal tender in Nigeria.
  2. All counterfeit/pirated materials or articles including Base or Counterfeit Coin of any Country.


  1. Meat, Vegetables or other provisions.
  2. Live or Dead Birds including Frozen
  3. Pork, Beef
  4. Birds Eggs.
  5. Cassava
  6. Refined Vegetable Oils and Fats.
  7. Spaghetti/Noodles
  8. Fruit Juice in Retail Packs
  9. Waters, including Mineral Waters.
  10. Exhausted tea or tea mixed with other substances.


  1. Spirits.
  2. Brandy.
  3. Gin.
  4. Whisky.
  5. Rum.

Ha! There goes the lit parties.


  1. Bagged Cement.


  1. Drugs and medicinal spirits admitted as such in his discretion by the Comptroller-General.
  2. Perfumed Spirits
  3. Paracetamol Tablets and Syrups
  4. Cotrimoxazole Tablets Syrups
  5. Metronidazole Tablets and Syrups
  6. Chloroquine Tablets and Syrups
  7. Haematinic Formulations; Ferrous Sulphate and Ferrous Gluconate.
  8. Tablets, Folic Acid Tablets, Vitamin B Complex Tablet [except modified released formulations].
  9. Multivitamin Tablets, capsules and Syrups [except special formulations].
  10. Aspirin Tablets [except modified released formulation and soluble aspirin].
  11. Magnesium trisilicate tablets and suspensions.
  12. Piperazine tablets and Syrups
  13. Levamisole Tablets and Syrups
  14. Ointments – Penecilin/Gentamycin
  15. Pyrantel Pamoate tablets and Syrups
  16. Intravenous Fluids [Dextrose, Normal Saline, etc.]
  17. Waste Pharmaceuticals
  18. Soaps and Detergents in retail packs
  19. Mosquito Repellant Coils
  20. Sanitary Wares of Plastics and Domestic Articles and Wares of Plastics
  21. Corrugated Paper and Paper Boards, and cartons, boxes and cases made from corrugated paper and paper boards, Toilet paper, Cleaning or facial tissue.
  22. Toothpicks


  1. Rethreaded and used Pneumatic tyres.


  1. Telephone Re-charge Cards and Vouchers
  2. Ball Point Pens
  3. Airmail Photographic Printing Paper.
  4. Blank invoices.
  5. Coupons for Foreign Football pools or other betting arrangements.
  6. Indecent or obscene prints, painting, books, cards, engraving or any indecent or obscene articles.


  1. Second-hand clothing.
  2. African prints
  3. 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.
  4. Made-up Garments and other Textile articles .
  5. Made-up lining articles
  • Moulding cup Lycra
  1. Mutilated rags
  2. Jute Bags
  3. Brazziers, pants, ties.
  1. All types of Foot Wears and Bags including Suitcases of leather and plastics


  1. Hollow Glass Bottles


  1. Used Compressors
  2. Used Air Conditioners and Used Fridges/Freezers.


  1. Used Motor Vehicles above fifteen (10) years from the year of manufacture (ei!)


  1. Furniture, but excluding Baby walkers, laboratory cabinets such as microscope table, fume cupboards.




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