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Nigeria International Moving Services

Are you relocating to another city or country? Is your family moving with luggage? Are you a dealer or businessperson and would like to move your stock of cars, trucks, spares or any other valuables for your business? Are you relocating to assume a new job or responsibility in a new company? Is your office part of what you would like to move? A-1 Auto Transport has been credited as the best international moving company by our customers worldwide.

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Moving to Nigeria Cost & Time Examples

To/From    2BR    4BREstimated Time
Boston to Ibadan$3,200-
4-6 weeks
New York to Lagos$3,200-
4-6 weeks
Jacksonville to Lagos$3,500-
4-6 weeks
Los Angeles to Lagos$3,600-
4-8 weeks
Seattle to Kano$3,600-
4-8 weeks
Charlotte to Lagos$3,600-
4-6 weeks
Dallas to Lagos$3,700-
4-6 weeks
Chicago to Kano$4,100-
4-6 weeks
Phoenix to Kano$4,400-
4-8 weeks
Denver to Ibadan$5,800-
4-8 weeks

*Please note that these estimates do not include taxes, customs fees & duties, insurance & quarantine inspections. They assume easy access to both pick up and drop-off addresses and do not allow for special items such as pianos.

Estimated Weight (based on home size):
1BR=2600 lbs – 3900 lbs
2BR=3900 lbs – 5200 lbs
3BR=6500 lbs – 9100 lbs
4BR=9100 lbs – 14300 lbs
5BR=11700 lbs – 19500 lbs

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The duties levied on shipments of household items

Prior to looking at the import duties required by Nigeria, the Level 3 Travel Advisory issued by the U.S. Department of State should be mentioned. The cited justifications for this warning are the terrorism, piracy, civil unrest and crime present within the country. While this advisory level carries the admonition that you reconsider traveling to Nigeria – you’re advised to completely avoid the northern Adamawa, Yobe and Borno States (1).

Obtaining Duty Exemption

If you’re aware of the dangers and have decided to relocate to Nigeria anyway, then you’re likely wondering about the duties imposed by customs. Though duty exemption isn’t certain, most of the time you can have this charge waived – if you meet certain conditions.

Customs requires you to have purchased your goods at least six months ago, and to have personally used them during this time. They also stipulate that you intend to keep using them in your household, and don’t plan to sell them within Nigeria (2).

Additional Requirements

Duty-free import also requires that you bring in any shipments no later than two months after moving into the country. Customs also mandates that you obtain a Residence Permit before entering the country. All of the paperwork for your shipment must be in the destination agent’s hands, a minimum of 15 days before your goods reach port (3).

The paperwork necessary for household items

In order to authorize your shipment for entry, customs must receive your passport, visa, Certificate of Residence Change and Work Permit. A Residence Permit, Form Sale 48 and full inventory are also required. Clean reports of both inspection and finding are necessary as well, along with a PUBD Form and authorization letter (4).

The Federal Inland Revenue within the country must also issue you a tax identification number, which you must show to customs during clearance. A packing list (which is separate from your valued inventory) and Letter of Employment or Certificate of Transfer must be presented as well. If any portion of your shipment is packed in wooden crates, then a Certificate of Fumigation is also mandatory (5).

The duties levied on shipments of vehicles

Anticipate paying import duties on your vehicle, as it doesn’t appear that exemption is available. Customs also has various regulations governing importation, including the requirement that all vehicles be manufactured less than eight years ago. It’s also critical that your Original Bill of Lading list the engine number, chassis number, model and manufacturer. If these details aren’t included on your OBL, then customs won’t permit your vehicle to enter Nigeria.

When figuring the fees for importation, customs looks at the vehicle’s value. A sliding scale applies, which starts at 30% duty for vehicles worth $9,000 or less. This rate scale continues rising, going up to a maximum of 100% duty for vehicles valued over $27,200. You should know that a value-added tax (VAT) is also levied by customs, along with a surcharge of 7% (6).

The paperwork necessary for vehicles

Shipping a vehicle to Nigeria entails certain paperwork, including proof of insurance coverage and the purchase receipt for the vehicle. A packing list for the vehicle shipment, your passport and a Certificate of Value and Origin are also required (7). You may also need a CC3 Form, which has been endorsed by both the main office of customs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (8). However, this document may only be required for diplomats who wish to import a vehicle.

The vehicle’s title and registration, log book and Original Bill of Lading are all necessary as well. The OBL must list the vehicle’s engine number, chassis number, manufacturer and model (this information should be on your included inventory as well). Finally, when importing a used vehicle – a certificate confirming that it’s roadworthy is mandatory documentation (9).

This discussion about the process involved when importing personal belongings into Nigeria, will give you an excellent idea of what to expect. However, additional rules, documents and charges may apply. Consequently, it’s a good idea to talk over your impending move with customs. This will ensure that you don’t miss any key details needed for a seamless clearance of your shipments.

Tips on how to make your international move easier

  • Assemble everything at one collection point: This will save time and the effort of having to pick from different locations.
  • Prepare all documents required to travel: Your professional mover should guide you on what you need and where to obtain it.
  • Get a professional international mover: This is the person who will walk you through to your destination. Get a legitimate company and as much as possible, run away from quacks and brokers.
  • Get insurance cover for you and your valuables from a reputable insurer. The insurance should be comprehensive and correctly detailed to avoid surprises.

How to find the best international moving company

  • A good international moving company is certified by the registrar and has valid permits for the specific countries under which they do business.
  • The company
    should have been in the international moving business with experience of a reasonable number of years. Get to find their customer reviews and see how experienced and competent they are.
  • The mover should have presence in the places of operation with offices and agents in place. They should be able to provide storage for your goods once you get to your new destination.

A-1 Auto Transport can help you move your household goods internationally. Call 888-509-3213 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote on interstate moving services.

Our Nigeria International Moving Services

  • Packing/unpacking: Your valuables need to be broken down into smaller manageable units and packed well for easy moving. We will do this for you and ensure that we unpack accordingly once at your new destination.
  • Commercial moving: Whether you are a motor vehicle dealer or a businessperson looking to bring your stock into Nigeria; our Nigeria International Moving Services team will help you at an affordable rate.
  • Office moves: Office moving is a technical and delicate exercise that requires expertise. Most of the equipment is sensitive and therefore extra attention is needed. Our moving team is dedicated to relocate you to your destination, arrange the office for you and help you settle.
  • Apartment moves: We have the experience of permeating the squeezed spaces popular with many apartments and get you to your destination, hassle-free.
  • Planning and preparation: We will help you get everything ready and offer some cost assessment so that you can prepare appropriately.
  • Visa and immigration services: Visa application and obtaining documentation from the immigration department can be a daunting task. We have our team of experts on the ground to ensure you get all that you need when you need it.
  • Housing assistance: You are moving to a new location where you know no-one. It is therefore prudent to get a good place to stay beforehand. We are already on the ground to get you the best place, a house to put up, and good storage facility for your luggage.
  • Family services: Over the years, we have helped hundreds of families make the move. We have a team of specialists that deals specifically with moving families. We handle family matters with care and precision to ensure that you get to your destination safely and without a hassle.

Why A-1 Auto Transport?

A-1 Auto transport has over two decades of experience in serving  hundreds of customers from all walks of life, both in Nigeria and abroad.

Relevant government authorities in Nigeria, and other countries of the world, accredit us. We do not gamble; we own the craft. If you are looking for Nigeria International Moving Services, we are your go-to-provider.

We will also assist you to get insurance cover for you and your belongings in case calamity befalls you. We desire that you reach your destination safely, but we are not ignorant that there are misfortunes that can occur along the way.

Contact us today

Your search for Nigeria International Moving Services is over. Our team will ensure you are served to your satisfaction. You have your say and we make the way for you. Through our well-trained and highly motivated team, we will make it happen. Call us today on 888-509-3213 or contact us here. Kindly fill-out the form at the top of this page and we will serve you better.


  2. Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Nigeria” page.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Found on Moverscom “Moving to Nigeria” page.
  6. Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Nigeria” page.
  9. Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Nigeria” page.
Joe Webster

Written by Joe Webster

Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.

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