Shipping to Nigeria

Ocean Freight to Nigeria

At DFreight, we provide a wide range of business sea freight services for a variety of commodities, including foods, fruits, electronicscosmetics, and furniture; offering transparent, effective, and reliable door-to-door cargo to Nigeria from the UAE and vice versa. You can conduct business without being concerned about the challenges of shipping from the UAE to Nigeria using our all-in-one digital freight solutions.

Our digital freight forwarding platform provides real-time monitoring of shipments, ensuring that you have complete visibility and control over your cargo. We offer end-to-end services tailored to your unique requirements, making shipping to and from Nigeria a hassle-free experience. We help you ship business cargo to various cities in Nigeria, including Lagos, Kano, Ibadan, etc. in the easiest, fastest, and safest way possible.

You can rely on DFreight to assist you with all of your international cargo shipping to Nigeria thanks to our FCL and LCL shipment ocean freight cargo services. With the help of our digital freight platform, you may submit your inquiry right away and receive the best competitive prices for shipping your cargo to Nigeria.

Major Sea Ports in Nigeria
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Port of Lagos/ Apapa

The Lagos Port is located in Apapa, the main commercial district of Lagos State, which is close to the Bight of Benin. It is also known as the Premiere port or Apapa port, and it is the largest and oldest port in the nation in terms of both the amount of goods handled and the amount of territory it covers. The Apapa Quays serve as a transhipment hub for inland nations like Chad and Niger and are where more than half of all marine trade between Nigeria and the rest of the world takes place. The port is linked to other regions of Nigeria and its close neighbors through highways, inland waterways, and railways.

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Port of Tin Can Island

The Tin Can Island port is situated west of Apapa near the Lagos Port Complex. It was built in 1975, when economic activity, notably foreign trade, rose significantly as a result of Nigeria’s oil boom following the end of the civil war and the start of rehabilitation. It is now the second busiest port in Nigeria. The Lagos port became congested as a result of increasing import and export activity, therefore another facility was built on Tin Can Island to divert extra freight.

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Calabar port

The new Calabar port, located 45 nautical miles upstream of the Fairway buoy, opened for business in 1979. The Nigeria Ports Authority oversees the operation of this multipurpose port, which has three terminals run by ECM Terminal Ltd, INTELS Nigeria Ltd, and Shoreline Logistics Nigeria Limited. Since colonial times, Calabar port has handled containers, general cargo, bagged cement, grains, and seafood for the Northern states of Nigeria.

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Top Nigeria Exports and Imports

The top exports of Nigeria are Crude Petroleum, Petroleum Gas, Special Purpose Ships, Cocoa Beans, and Refined Petroleum, exporting mostly to India, Spain, United States, France, and China.

The top imports of Nigeria are Refined Petroleum, Wheat, Cars, Packaged Medicaments, and Broadcasting Equipment, importing mostly from China, India, Netherlands, United States, and Belgium.

Market Update 2023

According to OEC, in 2021, Nigeria was the number 30 economy in the world in terms of GDP, the number 52 in total exports, the number 50 in total imports, the number 141 economy in terms of GDP per capita and the number 126 most complex economy according to the Economic Complexity Index.

Nigeria exported US$238.72 Million during 2021 to the United Arab Emirates and imported US$1.37 Billion during 2021 from the UAE, according to the Trading Economics database.

The NigeriaUAE freight market is expected to grow significantly by 2023, with increased demand for air freight services and the development of infrastructure. With the rise in infrastructure, it is expected that the demand for air freight services will be further boosted. Additionally, with the increasing number of trade agreements between the two countries, the demand for freight services is expected to increase. This will provide a significant opportunity for the freight market in Nigeria and UAE to grow exponentially.

Banned Products

Nigeria has strict laws and regulations regarding the import of certain products. These banned products include items such as weapons, explosives, illegal drugs, and objects of cultural significance. Additionally, Nigeria also prohibits the importation of counterfeit items, as well as items which are deemed to be offensive or inappropriate. All imported items must be approved by the Nigerian Customs Service to ensure that they meet the necessary standards.

Documents & Customs Clearance

One thing to take into account when exporting cargo internationally is customs clearance. You must be aware of the customs clearance regulations of the destination countries when shipping cargo from Nigeria.

The following documentation must be given to local customs for international shipments by the supplier, consignee, or intermediary:

A commercial invoice
A packing list
A bill of lading
A certificate of origin

Rules & Regulations

When importing goods to Nigeria, it is important to be aware of the country‘s rules and regulations. All imports must adhere to the Nigerian Customs Service regulations, which include obtaining an import permit from the Central Bank of Nigeria, paying applicable duties and taxes, and following all applicable import documentation requirements. All goods must be inspected at the port of entry, and any applicable duties and taxes must be paid in full prior to the goods being released. It is important to know the applicable rules and regulations in advance to ensure a smooth and successful import process.

End-to-End Supply Chain Management

Digital freight forwarding platforms provide air freight services that allow businesses to move their products and materials quickly and efficiently. These platforms offer a variety of services that can be customized to meet the specific needs of each business, and they provide a secure and efficient way to ship items.

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You know exactly what you’re paying for when you use our digital air freight platform. There’s no hidden fees or surcharges – just honest, transparent pricing.

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Manage your booking easily

You can handle all your air freight shipments online from any device, which will reduce the amount of time needed for paperwork.

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Track your cargo live

Keep track of all your bookings in one place and get notified of any changes in shipment status.Digital freight forwarding can help streamline your communication and make it hassle-free. It can also help you streamline your documentation.