Nigeria’s customers are increasingly turning their spending power to Europe for higher-quality (though not necessarily luxury) goods. Supported by a shared language, Irish companies with a view to export to Nigeria have a unique opportunity to get ahead of the curve and tap into this market at an early stage.
Sources: Bloomberg Business Week, GOV.UK, McKinsey Global Institute, UKTI, The World Bank
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Gateways into the country: 1
Number of Service Centres: 35
DHL Delivery Zone: 10
Vehicle Fleet: 265
|Nigeria: Country Profile|
|Capital:||Abuja||EXPORTS FROM NIGERIA|
|Population:||174.5 million||Exports from
|US$ 95.68 billion (2012 est.)|
|Area:||923,768 sq km||Export
|Petroleum and petroleum products 95%, cocoa, rubber|
|Official Language:||English (official); 500+ indigenous languages including Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo (Ibo), Fulani||Top Export Origins:||Ghana, UK, Cote d’Ivoire, USA, Niger, South Africa, Cameroon, Canada, Togo|
|Currency:||1 naira (NGN) = 100 kobo||IMPORTS INTO NIGERIA|
|GDP:||US$ 444.3 billion||Imports into
|US$ 53.36 billion (2012 est.)|
|Time Zones:||UTC +1; no summertime observed||Import Commodities:||Machinery, chemicals, transport equipment, manufactured goods, food and live animals.|
|Ethnic Groups:||250+ known groups, including Hausa and Fulani (29%), Yoruba (21%), Igbo (Ibo) (18%), Ijaw (10%), Kanuri (4%), Ibibio (3.5%), Tiv (2.5%)||Top Import Origins:||USA, UK, France, South Africa, Italy|
|The times provided for
are based on the time
expected for customs
in Nigeria to clear the
shipment. This is
the value of the shipment.
|Destination||Non-Dutiable Shipment||Dutiable Shipment|
|Abuja||2 days||3 days|
|Lagos||2 days||3 days|
|Port Harcourt||2 days||3 days|
|Kano||3 days||5 days|
|Enugu||2 days||3 days|
The list below is in addition to DHL’s standard list of prohibited items.
For all document shipments, only write DOX on the waybill to reduce the chance of these items being targeted for fraud.
Magazines, periodicals and journals Maximum weight: 5 kg / 11 lb.
Business cards, catalogues, newspapers and technical manuals Maximum quantity: 50 pieces.
Cancelled cheques (NI), computer printouts, computer- generated ship manifests diplomatic mail, general business documents, money orders (NI) and publications not for public resale Max weight 50 kg / 110 lb.
Drugs: Non-prescription Detailed packing list or invoice and reason for export required. Contact DHL Customer Services if items are to be shipped on a commercial scale. Vitamins, dietary, hair, nail, skin, herbal and health food supplements are allowed for private use only. Drugs: Prescription Regulations apply and additional paperwork is required. Contact DHL Customer Services for more information. Drugs for personal use are exempt from additional regulations, but must be accompanied by a doctor’s prescription and be in quantities considered ‘reasonable’ for individual use. For foodstuffs, military equipment, seeds and x-ray machines please contact DHL Customer Services before shipping.
Blank forms Maximum quantity: 10 pieces.