Operations in Lagos Port have been grounded following the strike by freight forwarders who are protesting the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) e-valuation policy.
The apex bank had in January directed submission of e-valuation copy on Import and Export operations in a bid to track cost of goods through electronic invoice.
The policy became effective on February 1, 2022 despite the House of Representatives ordering the CBN to delay its take-off.
The policy has resulted in high demurrages and costly clearance at the port.
The immediate past national chairman of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents, Emmanuel Ogu, in a chat with journalists in Lagos on Thursday, said the policy would increase cost of doing business and place huge financial burden on Nigerians importing goods including cars.
At least 12,000 imported vehicles are currently trapped at the port due to the ongoing strike.
With the policy, the cost of clearing a vehicle at the port has increased from N300,000 or N400,000 to N800,000.
Ogu said: “It is not tenable at all. The importers will be affected. The end-users will be affected, the agents will be affected, and it is not going to work well for this nation
In 2014 Nigerian Government increased the Import Duty Tariff in other to patronize Nigeria car manufactures
The government of Nigeria claims that you must make an e-Form M import any type of goods. E-Form M is valid for half a year, except for the E-Form M that you open in order to import machinery and plants, which is valid for 1 year.
Let’s brief you step-by-step shipping guide.
DURATION: the ship takes about 2-3 weeks to arrive in Lagos (unless the ship will stop in the other ports) from the moment it takes off from the USA port.
TRANSIT TIME: Once the ship drops off your car at the destination port in Nigeria, the estimated time of transit usually takes about 1 – 3 months
You should keep in mind that when the ship gets to port in Lagos, the process does not end here. Usually, the off-loading process takes several weeks. And this is the best moment to get your clearing agent to work.
Here is the step-by-step guide on shipping cars if you do it yourself or with the help of the agent:
The newly introduced system now focuses more on the actual value of the vehicle to get the total cost of the car.
The cost of clearing cars under the old policy based on the current value of some popular car brands:
|Year of Manufacture||Clearing Fee for Cars (N)||Clearing fee for SUVs (N)|
|2010||800000||Subject to negotiations|
|2011-2015||Subject to negotiations||Subject to negotiations|
|Car model||Cost in Naira|
|Acura MDX 2007||N700,000|
|Acura MDX 2008||N850,000|
|Acura MDX 2009||N980,000|
|Ford Edge 2007||N900,000|
|Ford Focus 2012||N1,400,000|
|Hyundai Elantra 2013 – 2016||N1,300,000|
|Kia Optima 2012||N1,200,000|
|Land Rover R/Sport 2006||N1,500,000|
|Lexus RX 300||N420,000|
|Mazda 3 SV||N2,000,000|
|Mazda 6 2004||N450,000|
|Mitsubishi Carisma 2005||N380,000|
|Toyota 4 Runner 1994||N450,000|
|Toyota Camry 2003||N270,000|
|Toyota Camry 2007- 2008||N600,000|
|Toyota Camry Hybrid 2010||N1,100,000|
|Toyota Corolla 2003||N350,000|
|Toyota Corolla 2004||N450,000|
|Toyota Corolla 2005||N500,000|
|Toyota Corolla 2006||N600,000|
|Toyota Sienna 2004||N350,000|
|Toyota Venza 2010||N1,100,000|
|Toyota Yaris 2000||N200,000|
|Volkswagen CC 2011||N1,200,000|
|Nissan Pathfinder 2001||₦350,000|
|Nissan Primera 2003||₦315,000|
|Toyota Rav4 2004||₦335,000|
|Kia Sorento 2004||₦360,000|
|Lexus RX 330 2004||₦370,000|
|Nissan Pathfinder 2005||₦400,000|
|Toyota Highlander 2005||₦450,000|
|Toyota Corolla 2005||₦300,000|
|Toyota Tundra 2005||₦400,000|
|Toyota Corolla 2006||₦300,000|
|Toyota 4Runner 2006||₦450,000|
|Lexus RX 350 2007||₦600,000|
|Lexus RX 350 2008||₦700,000|
|Toyota Highlander 2008||₦500,000|
|Lexus RX 350 2009||800,000|
|Lexus RX 350 2010||₦950,000|
|Toyota 4Runner 2011||₦900,000|
|Mercedes-Benz ML350 2012||₦1,515,000|
|Toyota Venza 2013||₦1,400,000|
|Toyota Camry 2013||₦1,350,000|
|Toyota Camry 2015||₦1,500,000|
The popular ports in Nigeria through which cars are brought in are Tin Can port and Apapa port. You will only clear at the Seme border if you’re importing your car from Cotonou. The various fees to pay at this border includes the custom duty, the port charge and the clearing agent fee.
Verification of car status can be done at any of the four zonal centres of the Nigerian Customs Service. It is at this place you pay the fees for your car’s uncleared status. The four zonal offices include:
Another method of verification is to call or send an SMS to the following NCS numbers alongside your C-number, the year you paid your duty and the port or location through which your car was brought into the country. The numbers to call are 094621597, 094621598, and 094621599. You should receive a customs clearance after a few minutes