Nigeria’s customers are increasingly turning their spending power to the UK for higher-quality (though not necessarily luxury) goods. Supported by bilateral trade agreements and a shared language, British companies with a view to export to Nigeria have a unique opportunity to get ahead of the curve and tap into this market at an early stage.
Sources: Bloomberg Business Week, GOV.UK, McKinsey Global Institute, UKTI, The World Bank
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Gateways into the country: 1
Number of Service Centres: 35
DHL Delivery Zone: 10
Vehicle Fleet: 265
|Nigeria: Country Profile|
|Capital:||Abuja||EXPORTS FROM NIGERIA|
|Population:||174.5 million||Exports from
|US$ 95.68 billion (2012 est.)|
|Area:||923,768 sq km||Export
|Petroleum and petroleum products 95%, cocoa, rubber|
|Official Language:||English (official); 500+ indigenous languages including Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo (Ibo), Fulani||Top Export Origins:||Ghana, UK, Cote d’Ivoire, USA, Niger, South Africa, Cameroon, Canada, Togo|
|Currency:||1 naira (NGN) = 100 kobo||IMPORTS INTO NIGERIA|
|GDP:||US$ 444.3 billion||Imports into
|US$ 53.36 billion (2012 est.)|
|Time Zones:||UTC +1; no summertime observed||Import Commodities:||Machinery, chemicals, transport equipment, manufactured goods, food and live animals.|
|Ethnic Groups:||250+ known groups, including Hausa and Fulani (29%), Yoruba (21%), Igbo (Ibo) (18%), Ijaw (10%), Kanuri (4%), Ibibio (3.5%), Tiv (2.5%)||Top Import Origins:||USA, UK, France, South Africa, Italy|
|The times provided for
are based on the time
expected for customs
in Nigeria to clear the
shipment. This is
the value of the shipment.
|Destination||Non-Dutiable Shipment||Dutiable Shipment|
|Abuja||2 days||3 days|
|Lagos||2 days||3 days|
|Port Harcourt||3 days||4 days|
|Kano||3 days||5 days|
|Enugu||3 days||4 days|
The list below is in addition to DHL’s standard list of prohibited items.
Drugs: Non-prescription Detailed packing list or invoice and reason for export required. Contact DHL Customer Services if items are to be shipped on a commercial scale. Vitamins, dietary, hair, nail, skin, herbal and health food supplements are allowed for private use only.
Drugs: Prescription (1) NAFDAC (National Agency for Food and Drug Administration) Certificate of Registration or Letter of Authorisation as issued to the recipient giving permission for importation into Nigeria. (2) Evidence of the product being registered with NAFDAC. (3) A Certificate of Manufacture and free sale. (4) A Packing list. (5) A supplier’s invoice. (6) If the drugs originate from India they must also have a Certificate of Analysis Letter issued by Messrs. QCS Consultants who are NAFDAC's appointed analysts in India. Further information on the consultant can be obtained from the Nigerian Embassy in India.
Whilst drugs for personal use are exempt from the above requirements, they must be accompanied by a doctor's prescription, and must be in quantities considered 'reasonable' by NAFDAC for an individual to be taking.
For foodstuffs, military equipment, seeds and x-ray machines please contact DHL Customer Services before shipping.