Many reputable companies offer shipping and removal services to Nigeria. When importing or exporting personal items to or from Nigeria, it's best to go through a reputable agency, such as a well-established relocation company. Some companies offer storage services as well as insurance on goods.

Shipping costs can be pricey, so expats should be sure if it is a necessity or they can source the products locally. Expat accommodation can be found fully and semi-furnished, while buying furniture in Nigeria works out cheaper than importing one’s own belongings from abroad.


Customs duties in Nigeria

Customs duties depend on the shipping costs and the value of the goods. Airfreight services to Nigeria are the quickest but often are considerably more expensive than sea freight services.

Expats worried if they will be able to find a certain prescription medication in the country can find out via expat forums and by contacting healthcare providers and local clinics.

Expats interested in shipping items to Nigeria should note that these must all go through customs clearance. Items prohibited from import include drugs, currency and dangerous goods, among other items.


Shipping cars to Nigeria

Shipping vehicles to Nigeria is a relatively simple process, but vehicles older than 15 years won't be granted entry. A clearance fee is paid on each vehicle, and thereafter one can register the vehicle for use. Given the high price of cars in Nigeria and the poor condition of the roads, it can be well worth importing a decent four-wheel drive from one's home country. Alternatively, buy one through the expat community once settled in.


Shipping pets to Nigeria

When considering a move abroad, expats with pets may be desperate to know how to bring their animals with them. When shipping pets to Nigeria, it’s best to go through an accredited moving or relocation company that specialises in these services. 

Pet owners should microchip their pet and make sure their vaccines are up to date, especially against rabies. Dogs and cats have further recommended vaccines, but all pets will need a health certificate signed by a qualified veterinarian.

Pets must travel to Nigeria by air, arriving at the international airport in Lagos or in Abuja. Airlines provide further information on costs and regulations on how animals can travel on board.

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