Cost of Clearing Cars in Nigerian Ports (2021)

How Much Does It Cost To Clear Imported Cars in Nigeria

The major factor the determines the cost and price of imported vehicle in Nigeria is the clearing cost of cars.

Cost of Clearing Cars in Nigeria

Majority of cars on Nigerian roads are shipped and imported from abroad despite emergence of Nigeria indigenous car company Innoson.

Most cars imported or shipped into Nigeria are already used cars and vehicles.

This leaves many wondering why the price and cost of these already used cars remain expensive despite being already used cars and vehicles.

The answer to this reoccurring question is the high cost of clearing car and vehicles in Nigeria.

The amount paid to get cars cleared in Nigeria ports and wharf is as high as the basic cost of the cars and vehicles.

Notwithstanding, many Nigerians still prefer to get their dreams cars shipped from abroad while bearing the burden of paying huge and expensive car clearing duty in Nigeria.

This is why this post set out to discuss the cost of clearing cars in Nigeria.

Cost of Shipping Car To Nigeria

Before the year 2014, the cost of clearing and shipping car to Nigeria was cheaper.

However, in order to discourage high importation of cars and increase patronization of Nigerian brands, Federal Government of Nigeria raised the cost of clearing cars in Nigeria.

Over 40% increment was set on previous cost of clearing car in Nigeria. Nevertheless, this didn’t discourage car importation in Nigeria neither did it increase patronage of made in Nigeria cars.

In other to ease the stress of clearing cars in Nigeria Ports ans wharf, the costs of clearing cars are fussed together as singular payments for many agencies and duties.

So, the amount paid for clearing cars cover other multiples payments and agency fees. Car clearing fees in Nigeria covers the following payments.

Clearing Agent Fees

Customs Duty

Shipping Company Fees

Terminal Fees

All these payments form the bulk payments paid as price for clearing cars in Nigeria.

Car Clearing Cost in Nigeria: How Much For Clearing Car in Nigeria

Cost of clearing car in Nigeria is rationed into import Duty & Levy.

Currently, the charges for clearing car in Nigeria is 35% cost of the car and 35% levy fee.

So put together, the cost or amount for clearing car in Nigeria is 70% of the cost of the car.

In otherwords, you are to pay 70 percent of the money used to purchase the imported car as clearing fee for cars in Nigeria.

This is over 40% increment from initial 22% set as duty for imported vehicles.

The following examples will be used to buttress how car clearing cost are calculated in Nigeria.

  • Toyota Corolla 2005: N1,100,000(price) =N770,000 (clearing fee)
  • Toyota Corolla 2010: N1,500,000(price) =N1,050,000 (clearing fee)
  • Lexus RX 350 2010: N2,500,000(price) =N1,750,000(clearing fee)
  • Mercerdes-Benz GL 450 2007: N3,500,000 (price)= N2,450,000(clearing fee)
  • Toyota Camry 2011: N2,000,000(price) =N1,400,000(clearing fee)

This is how to obtain and know how much you will be paying to clear cars imported into Nigeria from abroad.

Ports For Clearing Car in Nigeria

The major ports and wharf where cars can be shipped to in Nigeria is Tin Can and Apapa ports in Lagos.

Also for cars coming through land boarder, from Cotonou, they will be cleared at Seme land boarder.

This is where all these payments for car duty and clearing fees and terminal charge are done.

Verification of car status can be done at the four designated zones for Vehicle clearing. They are:

Zone A Headquarters, No. 1 Harvey Road, Yaba, Lagos

Zone B Headquarters, Kabala Doki, Kaduna

Zone C Headquarters, Nigeria Ports Authority, Port Harcourt

Zone D Headquarters, Yelwa Tudu Road, Bauchi State

Conclusion on Cost of Clearing Cars in Nigeria

The cost and process of clearing imported car in Nigeria is usually cumbersome for an individual.

This is why most people engage the service of trusted customs accredited clearing agents who already have structure to facilitate fast and hitch free clearing of imported vehicles in Nigeria.

It is always advisable that experienced clearing agents are engaged when try to import and clear a car in Nigeria.


The Author

Emmanuel Igwenagu

Igwenagu Emmanuel is the founder of Nigerian Informer. He holds B.A, M.Sc in Mass Communication. He is a Communication researcher and 112 emergency help line dispatcher.

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