According to the direction of the Nigerian customs, goods exported to Nigeria must be packed on pallets from 2018

Effective Date: January 1, 2018

The following cargo categories are currently exempt from the requirements for palletization:

1. Motor vehicles that can enter and leave the container by themselves for inspection.

2. Sensitive or fragile machinery with special conveniences for checking unpacking safety procedures. (There must be a relevant passage for customs officers to enter the container for inspection).

3. Goods that have 2 feet of space on the inner wall for inspection within the container.

At present, the Federal Ministry of Finance or the Nigerian Customs Service has not yet published a complete and detailed list of non-palmized goods allowed to be released.

According to CMA’s notification, the Nigerian Ministry of Finance issued a new regulation on import of goods. The new regulations will take effect from January 1, 2018 (origin of shipment date). Please note that customers exporting to Nigeria. The new requirements are as follows:

1. The goods exported to Nigeria must show the FORM M number on the bill of lading and the cargo manifest.

2. Container shipments to Nigeria must be shipped on pallets.

Winsky freight International Logistics advises all shippers to keep in close contact with their consignees in Nigeria and to load cargo according to the instructions of the consignee. If there is a cargo that has not been palletized and ships after January 1, 2018, the shipper and the consignee may face sanctions including penalties or be required to re-export the goods.

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