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Moving to Nigeria from the U.S.

If you are moving to Nigeria from the United States, there is plenty to consider before you head to Africa. With so much to prepare for, the last thing you want to worry about is the logistics of your complicated move.

International Sea & Air Shipping will make your transition to Nigeria as seamless as possible by providing top-notch shipping services for all of your household goods and much more!

How International Sea & Air can help for moving to Nigeria

First, one of our trained moving specialists will provide a personal consultation, thoroughly outlining your moving options based on specific criteria, such as:
  • Your moving timeline. When do you need to be in Nigeria?
  • Your real estate plans. Will you be renting or buying?
  • Your family/household size. Will you be moving alone or with your family? For business or personal reasons?
  • Cubic feet estimate. How large is your shipment?

What Will Moving to Nigeria Cost?

For an accurate estimate of your shipment size, you should schedule a home survey as early as possible for your move to Nigeria. Our moving specialists will assess your belongings to give you the best potential estimate to expedite your relocation. The cost of moving to Nigeria will vary considerably based on the cubic footage of your belongings and your proposed destination arrival time.

Don't forget to ask about our overseas packing and custom crating services, too!

About Nigeria

Officially called the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the country consists of 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Nigeria shares borders with Chad, Cameroon, Niger and the Republic of Benin. It also lies on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. Nigeria is the most populous nation in Africa and possesses one of the largest youth populations in the world. In fact, the country's total population is the world's seventh largest.

Nigeria features a wide range of ethnicities and cultures, including over 500 different languages amongst its residents. Considered an emerging market, Nigeria's major exports include cocoa, rubber, oil and beans. The nation also manufactures textiles and leather, as well as plastics and automobiles.

Customs Regulations for Nigeria:

When relocating to Nigeria, you need the correct immigration and shipping information. To clear customs, try to make sure your destination agent receives these documents 20 to 30 days before your arrival or the arrival of your shipment.

Contact your destination agent or international moving company if you have questions about this process.

Here are the required documents upon entry to Nigeria:
  • Original valid passport (verifying arrival date)
  • Visa - must be obtained from Nigerian Consulate or Embassy before departure from origin country
  • Bill of Lading (front page must be signed)
  • Work permit
  • Residence permit (Nigerian personal bank account required to apply for Form M)
  • Certificate of Residence Change
  • Form Sale 48
  • Inventory list
  • PUBD Form - must be completed upon arrival in Nigeria
  • Authorization letter - allows destination agent to clear shipment
  • Clean Report of Finding
  • Clean Report of Inspection

Nigeria has specific rules for importing household goods into the country:
  • Owner must be present at customs when shipment arrives
  • Returning Nigerians must have been abroad for nine months or more
  • Household items and personal effects owned for six months or more are duty-free
  • Shipment must arrive within two months of your arrival in Nigeria
  • *Nigerian customs rules are subject to change at any time, without prior notice

Most countries place limitations on weight and/or quantity of shipments, while some countries require special permission for certain items. When importing your goods into Nigeria, these items include but are not limited to:
  • Household appliances - limited to one of each
  • Personal computers, microwaves and smaller appliances - subject to duties
  • All videotapes, CDs, films, DVDs, publications and similar items - subject to inspection and duties
  • Alcohol and tobacco - subject to duties, but do not require import permit if packed in household shipment (in reasonable quantities)
  • Jewelry
  • Perfume

Nigeria does not allow the import of the following items under any circumstances:
  • Narcotics
  • Counterfeit currency
  • Firearms and explosives
  • Pornographic or obscene material - books, paintings, etc. included
  • Blank invoices
  • Meat, vegetables and other provisions deemed unfit for human consumption by health officer
  • Endangered species
  • Second-hand clothing
  • Ivory
  • Dangerous chemicals
  • Textile fabrics

Driving may be a necessary daily function of yours in Nigeria. If you need to import your vehicle into the country, you'll want to consider these rules:
  • Automobiles may only be imported for owner's continued use - resale or disposal not permitted
  • Vehicles older than eight years old are prohibited
Here are the required documents and information for importing your automobile into Nigeria:
  • Proof of ownership
  • Registration certificate
  • Proof of insurance
  • Original passport
  • Purchase invoice
  • Make, model and serial number of vehicle
  • Certificate of Road Worthiness (for used vehicles)

If you are planning on bringing your pet with you to Nigeria, you'll need certain documentation to make it through customs. These are the general pet importation regulations in Nigeria:
  • Required documents for all pets:
    • Import permit
    • Inoculations
    • Health certificate - issued by veterinarian from origin country
  • Quarantine required (duration depends on animal)
  • Rabies vaccination - must be administered within 10 days of arrival
  • Birds of parrot family not permitted

Some items are free of duties, such as books and other household items or personal effects. The average duty rate in Nigeria is about 17 percent, with the rates ranging from zero percent to 35 percent. When importing goods into Nigeria, there may be a five percent value-added tax (VAT) on your items, which is levied on the sum of the item's CIF value, duty and excise. There is also a possible two to five percent levy on imports such as automobiles and sugar.

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, International sea & air shipping 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.

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Motto : Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress
Capital : Abuja
National Anthem : "Arise O Compatriots, Nigeria's Call Obey"


Location : Western Africa, bordering the Gulf of Guinea, between Benin and Cameroon
Area : Total : 923,768 sq km

Land : 910,768 sq km
Water : 13,000 sq km

Climate : Varies; equatorial in south, tropical in center, arid in north


Nationality : Nigerian(s)
Population : 155,215,573 (July 2011 est.)
Major Cities : Lagos 10.203 million; Kano 3.304 million; Ibadan 2.762 million; ABUJA (capital) 1.857 million; Kaduna 1.519 million (2009)
Languages : English (official), Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo (Ibo), Fulani, over 500 additional indigenous languages


GDP : $369.8 billion (2010 est.)
Exchange Rates : Nairas (NGN) per US dollar - 150.88 (2010), 148.84 (2009), 117.8 (2008), 127.46 (2007), 127.38 (2006)


Airports : 54 (2010)
Roadways : Total : 193,200 km
Waterways : 8,600 km
Ports & Terminals : Bonny Inshore Terminal, Calabar, Lagos


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