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Import and export prohibited items in Nigeria



Prohibited items are items that cannot be shipped or transported into a country. These items are restricted from import or Whether you are shipping for personal use or commercial purpose, it’s important that you know items or products you can’t ship from Nigeria to USA. From the tiniest item to the largest the US Customs are very strict about what enters in the country and won’t allow any item that is banned into the US.
The US Customs and Border protection service (CBP) enforces lays for over 40 US government departments and agencies. Their role is to prevent products from entering the US that could damage farming or animal life, cause injury or risk public safety. 
We recommend that you check with us prior to shipping if you're in any doubt whether the product you are shipping is permitted into the United States.
This list is subject to change at any time, always be sure to check the official US Customs and Border Protection website:

Prohibited items to Import into Nigeria

Prohibited items to export from Nigeria


  • Rice
  • Cement
  • Margarine
  • Palm kernel/Palm oil products/vegetables oils
  • Meat and processed meat products
  • Vegetables and processed vegetable products
  • Poultry chicken, eggs, turkey
  • Private airplanes/jets
  • Indian incense
  • Tinned fish in sauce(Geisha)/sardines
  • Cold rolled steel sheets
  • Galvanized steel sheets
  • Roofing sheets
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Head pans
  • Metal boxes and containers
  • Enamelware
  • Steel drums
  • Steel pipes
  • Wire rods (deformed and not deformed)
  • Iron rods and reinforcing bard
  • Wire mesh
  • Steel nails
  • Security and razor wine
  • Wood particle boards and panels
  • Wood Fibre Boards and Panels
  • Plywood boards and panels
  • Wooden doors
  • Toothpicks
  • Glass and Glassware
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Tableware
  • Tiles-vitrified and ceramic
  • Textiles
  • Woven fabrics
  • Carmouflag
  • Plastic and rubber products, polypropylene granules, cellophane wrappers
  • Soap and cosmetics
  • Tomatoes/tomato pastes
  • Eurobond/foreign currency bond/ share purchases
  • Drone
  • Gun/Stunt Gun
  • Pepper Spray
  • Sword



  • Maize
  • Firearms
  • Scrap metals
  • Dry fish and meat
  • Timber (rough or sawn)
  • Artifacts and Antiquities
  • Certain fruits and vegetables
  • Unprocessed rubber latex and rubber lumps
  • Animal products, by products and some animals
  • Raw hides and skin (including wet blue and all unfinished leather)
  • Wildlife animals classified as endangered species and their products
  • Hard Drugs: Heroin, Hydrocodone (Vicodin), Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet), morphine), Benzodiazepines (Diazepam (Valium), Alprazolam (Xanax), flunitrazepam (Rohypnol), Clonazepam (Klonopin), Lorazepam (Ativan)), Methamphetamine (Meth), Cocaine, Alcohol, GHB and Nicotine
  • Gold jewellery 


Please note that the list is non-exclusive and may be updated from time to time by customs, you are therefore advised to visit here.