Clearing processes in Nigeria Airports
Airport Clearing Guide: Customs Clearing in Nigeria Airport. Form M & PAAR processing for Import into Nigeria Ports. Shipping documentation and Professional Customs clearing procedure
VHI Cargo Provides professional support in Customs clearance document processing (Form M & PAAR) to clear your goods through customs from Nigeria air (Nahco and Sahcol) and from other customs bonded warehouses.
Below are steps by step process in Customs clearance of imports in Nigeria Airport, Lagos.
Standard Import Clearance Process in Nigeria Air Ports- Customs processing
NOTE 1: Any person intending to import physical goods into Nigeria shall in the first instance process e-Form ‘M’ through any Authorized dealer bank irrespective of the value and whether or not payment is involved.
For Shipment that requires Clear report of assessment, you need to obtain your PAAR. Importer is expected to hand over all shipping documents and PAAR to the clearing agent whom among his (clearing agent) obligations shall be to carry out standard import clearance through customs from Nigeria AirPort and or from other customs bonded warehouses as stated below;
1. Clearing agent captures Single Goods Declaration (SGD) using Direct Trade Input (DTI) from his own computer or DTI Café.
2. Clearing agent self-assesses the SGD from DTI Café and print out the assessment notice.
3. After the assessment has been done, an electronic message is transmitted to the relevant commercial Bank specifying amount to be paid for Customs duties.
4. Clearing agent then proceeds to bank to pay the exact amount specified on the assessment notice and do other customs formalities.
5. Upon the completion of Customs clearing formalities, the Importer/ Clearing agent will request for the release of his consignment from his own computer system or DTI Café.
6. The Clearing agent then present his SGD to the Customs Processing Center (CPC) at relevant Customs Area Command for Custom control and release of Consignment.
Releasing / endorsing through other government agencies. This is the most tasking, technical areas in the clearing process;
(a) Examination booking and examination proper
(b) Signing and securing releasing Stamps / signatures from different customs units e.g, CIU, Enforcement, Customs Gate control etc.
(c) Signing of examination Form by Government agencies in the Port; e.g Police, SSS, Anti-drugs, Anti-Bomb, Nafdac / SON, and others
NOTE: TIN number of Consignee (Company name OR personal name) is needed to take any step, including the very first step.
PAAR generated: within 24 hours if there are no issues from Importer / shipper / bank / customs.
Standard Import Clearance Process in Nigerian AirPorts- General / Ordinary Clearance;
Apart from getting your cargo cleared through Nigeria Customs, there are other port operators including handlers and other government agencies. Checklist of Government agencies in Nigeria Ports…
Handlers in Nigeria Airport includes;
Ground Operators (Nahco / Sahcol) also have their charges / fees. Charges and fees from these operators varies and depend on Cargo Weight, Facility used in handling your shipment and numbers of days your shipment takes to scale through customs clearance.
Cargo Airlines: have their charges too and fee will depend on the airline that transported your cargo to Nigeria. There are multinational and Indigenous airlines shipping cargo to Nigeria.
FAAN: The Federal Airport authority of Nigeria also have her levy.
NOTE: charges from the mentioned operators above are for consignee account.
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