Are you planning to import cars, industrial machines, and finished goods into Nigeria and you are worried because of the stress involved in clearing goods from most seaports in the country? If that is the case!
Clearing of imported goods from most ports in Nigeria is never an easy thing as a result of port congestion and the activities of dubious clearing agents operating in our ports. But if are conversant with port procedures for clearing imported goods in the country happy will you be!
Procedure for Clearing Imported Goods
Well, to clear goods easily from the various seaports in Nigeria, there are layered government procedures or processes you must follow. Not knowing and not following the layered down CUSTOMS procedures, NAFDAC, and SON requirements for clearing imported goods can lead to a delay and even outright confiscation of your items at the ports.
It is indeed very important to know and understand these basic procedures for clearing all approved goods that can be imported into the country for easy clearance.
Below are procedures to follow for easy clearance of all imported goods from any seaport in Nigeria.
ENGAGE IN THE SERVICES OF AN ACCREDITED CUSTOMS CLEARING AGENT.
By government regulations, it is impossible for you to clear goods directly at the ports. Therefore you need the services of an accredited customs clearing agent who will facilitate the clearing of your imported goods at certain fees.
The clearing agent will on your behalf, process the necessary papers with various government agencies charged with clearing imported goods at the ports. E.g. CUSTOMS, NAFDAC, NDLEA, SON, and others.
Finding accredited customs clearing agents is not difficult, as there are many of them in most of the ports premises e.g in Apapa and Tin can ports in Lagos. But be very careful not to fall into the hands of dubious clearing agents in the port. A lot of importers have had their goods delayed or impounded in the ports by the Nigerian CUSTOMS, NAFDAC, and SON due to the activities of dubious clearing agents who evade paying the prescribed import duties but instead resulted to forging clearance papers. So open your two eyes wide!
EXAMINATION OF GOODS AND PAYMENT OF IMPORT DUTIES.
To clear your goods without stress you must make available all the necessary import documents to enable your clearing agent to start processing the clearance.
The agent takes the bill of laden to NPA central office for planning and information at the port of clearance to get necessary info about the ship’s arrival date and berthing point. Also, the agent gets info on the import duties payable to customs and whether there is a need for various port agents to carry out a physical inspection of the goods.
List of Import Documents You Must Possess
The import document you must make available to your agent for processing includes. (1) Original bill of lading or telex release,
(2) Invoices (attested), (3) Packing list (4) Insurance certificate.
After, the actual import duties for the goods are determined the next step is for the agent to pay the money to a designated bank, followed by a physical inspection of the goods by the CUSTOMS, NAFDAC, NDELA, and SON.
When the physical inspection is carried out successfully, the clearing agent then goes to the shipping company that brought in the goods and the Nigerian Ports Authority to pay certain service charges before the goods are handed over to the importer to take home.
Hope your worries have been taken care of through this article, I believe you can now go ahead to import those cars, industrial machines, and finished goods into Nigeria without stress.
Please always ensure you compel the clearing to pay the correct import duties at the ports, failure to do that may cause you the trouble you did not bargain for.
For easy cleaning of your imported goods in Nigerian ports, please call +2348081632025.