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Items Banned From Being Imported Into Nigeria - 2016



Items Banned From Being Imported Into Nigeria - 2016


There are at least 25 items that have been banned from being imported into Nigeria. The list by the Finance Ministry includes soaps, spaghetti and used fridges.

The ban on the items was put in place by the government in 2016, as part of its latest efforts to control imports.

See full list below.

Items Prohibited from Import.

1. Live or Dead Birds including Frozen Poultry

2. Pork and Beef

3. Bird Eggs -  excluding hatching eggs

4. Refined vegetable oil - excludes refined linseed, castor and olive oil. Crude vegetable oil is NOT banned from importation.

5. Cane or beet sugar and chemically pure sucrose, in solid form containing added flavouring or colouring matter - in retail packs

6. Cocoa butter, powder and cakes

7. Spaghetti/Noodles

8. Fruit Juice in retail packs

9. Waters, including mineral waters and aerated Waters, containing added sugar or sweetening matter or flavoured, ice snow (excludes energy or health drinks – liquid dietary supplements e.g. Power Horse, Red Ginseng, etc) and Beer and stout (Bottled, Canned or otherwise packed)

10. Bagged Cement

11. Medicament falling under Headings 3003 & 3004 such as:

  • a) Paracetamol tablets Syrups

  • b) Cotrimozazole tablets and Syrups

  • c) Metronidazole tablets and Syrups

  • d) Chloroquine tablets and Syrups

  • e) Haematinic formulations:

  • (i) Ferrous sulphate and ferrous gluconate tablets

  • (ii) Folic acid tablets

  • (iii) Vitamin B Complex tablets (except modified release formulations).

  • f) Multivitamin tablets, capsules and syrups (except special formulations)

  • g) Aspirin tablets (except modified release formulations and soluble aspirin)

  • h) Magnesium trisilicate tablets and suspensions

  • i) Piperazine tablets and syrups

  • j) Levamisole tablets and syrups

  • k) Ointments penicillin/gentamycin

  • l) Pyrantel pamoate tablets and syrups

  • m) Intravenous Fluids (Dextrose, Normal Saline etc)

12. Waste pharmaceuticals

13. Soaps and Detergents - in retail packs

14. Mosquito repellant Coils

15. Sanitary Wares of Plastics and Domestic Articles and Wares of Plastic  (excludes Baby Feeding Bottles) and (flushing cistern and waterless toilets).

16. Rethreaded and used Pneumatics tyres but excluding used trucks tyres for rethreading of size 11.00 x 20 and above

17. Corrugated paper and Paper boards and Cartons, boxes and cases made from Corrugated paper and Paper boards

  • Toilet paper, Cleansing or facial tissue (excluding baby diapers and incotinent pads for adult use) and Exercise Books

18. Telephone Recharge Cards and Vouchers

19. Carpets and other textile floor coverings

20. All types of footwears, bags and suitcases (excluding safety shoes used in oil industries, sports shoes, canvass shoes and all Completely Knocked Down (CKD), blanks and parts).

21. Hollow glass bottles of a capacity exceeding 150 mls (0.15 litres) of all kinds used for packaging beverages by Breweries and other beverages and drinks company

22. Used compressors, Used Air Conditioners and used Fridges/Freezers

23. Used motor vehicles above 15 years from the Year of manufacture

24. Furniture (excluding Baby walkers, laboratory cabinets such as microscope table, fume cupboards, laboratory benches, stadium chairs, height adjustment device, base sledge, seat frames and control mechanism, arm guide and head guides. Also excluded are; skeletal parts of furniture such as blanks, upholstered or unfinished part of metal, plastics, veneer, chair shell etc.

25. Ball point pen and parts including refills (excluding tips).


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