Importation & Exportation

Detailed Nigerian Customs Import Prohibition List: Banned Goods

import prohibition list
Written by Uche Francis

The Nigerian customs Import prohibition list comprises of a list of goods in various categories that has been banned from being imported into the country. This goods or items also regarded as contraband are sometimes laced with high import duty. That when imported without, are usually seized or destroyed by the customs upon discovery.

Some of these goods being restricted entry by the Nigerian customs and other law enforcement agencies, may be harmful to public consumption. But not all. As majority are completely harmless and useful to the populace.

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Note: This list of custom prohibited items are different from the list of imported goods and services banned by CBN from accessing foreign exchange at the Nigerian foreign exchange markets in order to encourage local production of these items.

Reasons For Import Prohibition

Like I said above, while some of this prohibited goods like pistols, hard drugs, chemicals weapons are harmful. There are other ones like toothpick, clothes, turkey that are actually useful but still added to the import prohibition list. Which leads to us asking why?

Well, the reasons for prohibiting such goods/items might include but not limited to the fact that;

==>1. They are actually harmful for human consumption or contain a substance(s) considered harmful in Nigeria.

==>2. To encourage local production by killing the competition between local and foreign companies through prohibitions of goods/raw materials that can readily be produced here in Nigeria.

==>3. To strengthen naira in the foreign exchange market. As excess importation leads to drop in the value any local currency.

Full Nigerian Customs Import Prohibition List

  1. Air Pistols
  2. Implements appertaining to the reloading of cartridges.
  3. Matches made with white phosphorous.
  4. Materials of any description with a design which, considering the purpose for which any such material is intended to be used, is likely in the opinion of the president to create a breach of the peace or to offend the religious views of any class of persons in Nigeria.
  5. Pistols disguised in any form.
  6. Beads composed of inflammable celluloid or other similar substances.
  7. Nuclear Industrial waste and other Toxic waste
  8. Weapons of any description which in the opinion of the Comptroller-General are designed for the discharge of any noxious liquid, gas or other similar substance and any ammunition containing or in the opinion of the Comptroller- General or adapted to contain any noxious liquid, gas or other similar substances.


  1. Silver or metal alloy coins not being legal tender in Nigeria.
  2. All counterfeit/pirated materials or articles including Base or Counterfeit Coin of any Country.

FOOD/Agricultural Products

  1. Meat, Vegetables or other provisions declared by a health officer to be unfit for human consumption.
  2. Live or Dead Birds including Frozen
  3. Pork, Beef
  4. Birds Eggs.
  5. Cassava
  6. Refined Vegetable Oils and Fats [but excluding Linseed, Castor and Olive oils. Crude vegetable oil are however NOT banned from importation].
  7. Spaghetti/Noodles
  8. Fruit Juice in Retail Packs
  9. Waters, including Mineral Waters and Aerated Waters containing added Sugar or Sweetening Matter or Flavoured and other non-alcoholic beverages. [But excluding energy or Health Drinks {Liquid Dietary Supplements} e.g. Power Horse, Red Ginseng etc] and Beer and Stout (Bottled, Canned or Otherwise packed).
  10. Exhausted tea or tea mixed with other substances. For the purposes of this item, “exhausted tea” means any tea which has been deprived of its proper quality, strength, or virtue by steeping, infusion, decoction or other means.


  1. Spirits: Other than Alcoholic bitters, liqueurs, cordials and mixtures admitted as such in his discretion by the Comptroller-General and which are not deemed to be injurious spirits within the meaning of any enactment or law relating to liquor or liquor licensing.
  2. Brandy, i.e. a Spirit Distilled in Grape-growing countries from fermented grape juice and from no other materials and Stored in wood for a period of three years.
  3. Gin, i.e. Spirit- Produced by distillation from a mixed mash of cereal grains only saccharified by the diastase of malt and the Flavoured by predistillation with juniper berries and other vegetable ingredients and of a brand which has been notified as an approved brand by notice in the Gazette and in containers labelled with the name and address of the owner of the brand; or Produced by distillation at least three times in a pot-still from mixed mash or barley, rye and maize saccharified by diastase of malt – and then rectified by re-distillation in a postil after the addition of juniper berries and other vegetable materials.
  4. Whisky, i.e. a Spirit- Obtained by distillation from a mash or cereal grains saccharified by diastase of malt; and Stored in wood for a period of three years. Containing more than forty-eight and one-half per centum of pure alcohol by volume except denatured, medicated and perfumed spirits, and such other spirits which the Comptroller-General, in his discretion, may allow to be imported subject to such conditions as he may see fit to
  5. Rum i.e. a Spirit – Distilled direct from sugarcane products in sugarcane growing countries, and stored in wood for a period of three


  1. Bagged Cement.


Drugs and medicinal spirits admitted as such in his discretion by the Comptroller-General include;

  1. Spirits imported for medical or scientific purposes such as:

Methylated or denatured spirit, i.e. Mineralized Methylated spirit mixed as follows: To every ninety parts by volume of spirits nine and one-half parts by volume of wood naphtha and one-half of one part by volume of crude pyridine and to every 455 litres of the mixture 1.7 litres of mineral naphtha or petroleum oil and not less than 0.7 grammes by weight of powdered aniline dye (Methyl violet) and so in proportion for any quantity less than 455 litres.and Industrial Methylated spirit imported under license from the Comptroller-General and mixed as follows: To every ninety-five parts by volume of spirits five parts by volume of wood naphtha and also one-half of one part by volume of the mixture; and Spirits denatured for a particular purpose in such manner as the Comptroller-General in any special circumstance may permit;

Industrial Methylated spirit imported under license from the Comptroller-General and mixed as follows: To every ninety-five parts by volume of spirits five parts by volume of wood naphtha and also one-half of one part by volume of the mixture;

Spirits denatured for a particular purpose in such manner as the Comptroller-General in any special circumstance may permit;

  1. Perfumed Spirits
  2. Paracetamol Tablets and Syrups
  3. Metronidazole Tablets and Syrups
  4. Cotrimoxazole Tablets Syrups
  5. Haematinic Formulations; Ferrous Sulphate and Ferrous Gluconate.
  6. Chloroquine Tablets and Syrups
  7. Tablets, Folic Acid Tablets, Vitamin B Complex Tablet [except modified released formulations].
  8. Magnesium trisilicate tablets and suspensions.
  9. Multivitamin Tablets, capsules and Syrups [except special formulations].
  10. Aspirin Tablets [except modified released formulation and soluble aspirin].
  11. Piperazine tablets and Syrups
  12. Levamisole Tablets and Syrups
  13. Ointments – Penicillin/Gentamycin
  14. Pyrantel Pamoate tablets and SyrupsIntravenous Fluids [Dextrose, Normal Saline, etc.]
  15. Intravenous Fluids [Dextrose, Normal Saline, etc.]
  16. Waste Pharmaceuticals
  17. Soaps and Detergents in retail packs
  18. Mosquito Repellant Coils
  19. Sanitary Wares of Plastics and Domestic Articles and Wares of Plastics [but excluding Baby Feeding bottles and flushing cistern and waterless loose
  20. Corrugated Paper and Paper Boards, and cartons, boxes, and cases made from corrugated paper and paper boards, Toilet paper, Cleaning or facial tissue (excluding baby diapers and incontinent pads for adult use).
  21. Toothpicks


  1. Used Motor Vehicles above fifteen (10) years from the year of manufacture
  2. Rethreaded and used Pneumatic tyres but excluding used trucks tyres for rethreading of sized 11.00 x 20 and above 4012.2010.00.


  1. Telephone Recharge Cards and Vouchers – H.S. Code 4911.9900.91
  2. Ball Point Pens – H.S. Code 9608.1000 and parts including refills (excluding tip).
  3. Airmail Photographic Printing Paper.
  4. Blank invoices.
  5. Coupons for Foreign Football pools or other betting arrangements.
  6. Indecent or obscene prints, painting, books, cards, engraving or any indecent or obscene articles.


  1. Second-hand clothing.
  2. African print [Printed Fabrics] e.g. Nigeria wax, Hollandaise, English Wax, Ankara and similar Fabrics.
  3. Lace Fabrics and other embroidered Fabrics
  4. Carpets and Rugs of all types falling under H.S. Codes 5701.1000 – 0000.
  5. Piece goods and all other textiles including wearing apparel, hardware of all kinds’ crockery and china or earthenware goods bearing inscriptions (whether in Roman or Arabic characters) from the Koran or from the traditions and commentaries on the Koran.
  6. Made-up Garments and other Textile articles but excluding the following:
  7. Made-up lining articles
  8. Insecticides treated mosquito nets (ITNs) and (LLTNs) H
  • Moulding cup Lycra

  1. Mutilated rags
  2. Jute Bags
  3. Braziers, pants, ties.
  4. All types of Foot Wears and Bags including Suitcases of leather and plastics [but excluding Safety Shoes used in oil industries, Hospitals, Firefighting and Factories, Sports Shoes, canvass shoes all Completely Knocked Down (CKD) blanks and parts]


  1. Hollow Glass Bottles of a capacity exceeding 150mls (0.15 litres) of a kind used for packaging of beverages by breweries and other beverage and drink companies.


  1. Used Compressor
  2. Used Air Conditioners and Used Fridges/Freezers


  1. Furniture, but excluding Baby walkers, laboratory cabinets such as microscope table, fume cupboards, laboratory benches (9403), Stadium Chairs, height adjustments device, base sledge, seat frames and control mechanism, arm guide and head guide. Also excluded are; skeletal parts of furniture such as blanks, unholstered or unfinished part of metal, plastics, veneer, chair shell etc. Also excluded are Motor Vehicle seats (9401.2000.00) and Seats other than garden seats or camping equipment, convertible into beds (9401.4000.00).


If you plan to become an importer someday in Nigeria, or already into the importation business, it would be wise to go through this import prohibition list. And have the goods listed at the back of your head to avoid bringing them into the country out of ignorance.

Before dropping off, this post wouldn’t have been possible without giving credit to this post from Chibykeglobal blog and this other one from the Nigerian customs service website. For other resources, you may want to checkout out our post on obtaining an Agric import license or this other one on becoming an import/export agent

If you have questions, kindly table it to us using the comment box below. We reply with the speed of light.

About the author

Uche Francis

Am a self-published author, blogger, tech enthusiast, transport manager and I love Information. Love to Write and the Internet is my home.