This article contains the official cost of clearing cars in Nigeria in 2021.
Many people in Nigeria prefer importing their cars from abroad, due to the fact that there are limited cars manufactured and assembled in the country.
However, importing cars from overseas comes with an additional clearing cost that is mandatory to pay.
Hence, if you are importing cars into Nigeria, and need to know the cost of clearing cars in Nigeria, this guide will help.
In this article, I will show you the official cost of clearing a car in Nigeria, and the Zonal offices where you can clear your cars in Nigeria.
Who You Pay To
When you calculate the cost of clearing cars in Nigeria, it seems to be on the high side.
The reason this is the case is that the payment for clearing cars in Nigeria is done to different agencies/ agents involved in the car importation process in Nigeria.
For instance, when paying for your cars to be cleared in Nigeria, you make the following payment.
- Clearing charges or agent fee
- The Nigerian Customs
- The shipping company or airline that delivered your car to the port or terminal
- The terminal where you will pick up your car
How Clearing Costs Are Calculated
The cost of clearing a car in Nigeria has changed over the years. Before now, you are required to pay 22% of the original cost of the car you are importing to Nigeria.
However, this has drastically increased to even up to 70% of the cost of the car. For instance, now, when importing a car, you will have to pay 35% levy and 35% duty.
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What exactly then is the official cost of a car in Nigeria in 2021? You’ll find out below.
Official Cost Of Clearing Cars In Nigeria 2021
Under the old policy, the cost of clearing cars was put at 22% of the original cost of the car. H0wever, this was changed under the new policy.
Now, under the new policy, the cost of clearing cars in Nigeria is calculated based on the actual value of the car.
The table below shows the cost of clearing cars in Nigeria under the old system, based on the current value of some popular brands.
|Year of Manufacture||Clearing Fee for Cars (N)||Clearing fee for SUVs (N)|
|2010||800000||Subject to negotiations|
|2011-2015||Subject to negotiations||Subject to negotiations|
Below is a table that shows the popular vehicle brands and the current cost of clearing them in Nigeria in 2021.
|Car model||Cost in Naira|
|Acura MDX 2007||N700,000|
|Acura MDX 2008||N850,000|
|Acura MDX 2009||N980,000|
|Ford Edge 2007||N900,000|
|Ford Focus 2012||N1,400,000|
|Hyundai Elantra 2013 – 2016||N1,300,000|
|Kia Optima 2012||N1,200,000|
|Land Rover R/Sport 2006||N1,500,000|
|Lexus RX 300||N420,000|
|Mazda 3 SV||N2,000,000|
|Mazda 6 2004||N450,000|
|Mitsubishi Carisma 2005||N380,000|
|Toyota 4 Runner 1994||N450,000|
|Toyota Camry 2003||N270,000|
|Toyota Camry 2007- 2008||N600,000|
|Toyota Camry Hybrid 2010||N1,100,000|
|Toyota Corolla 2003||N350,000|
|Toyota Corolla 2004||N450,000|
|Toyota Corolla 2005||N500,000|
|Toyota Corolla 2006||N600,000|
|Toyota Sienna 2004||N350,000|
|Toyota Venza 2010||N1,100,000|
|Toyota Yaris 2000||N200,000|
|Volkswagen CC 2011||N1,200,000|
Zonal Offices in Where You Can Clear Your Cars in Nigeria
The major ports in Nigeria where cars are brought into Nigeria are Tin Can port and Apapa port.
You only need to clear at Seme border if you are importing the cars from Cotonou. The fees you are required to pay at the border are custom duty, the port charge, and the clearing agent fee.
Verification of car status can be done at any of the four zonal centers. This is the place where payment of fees for your cars uncleared status is done.
The four zonal offices are:
- Zone A Headquarters, No. 1 Harvey Road, Yaba, Lagos;
- Zone B Headquarters, Kabala Doki, Kaduna;
- Zone C Headquarters, Nigeria Ports Authority, Port Harcourt and;
- Zone D Headquarters, Yelwa Tudu Road, Bauchi State.
Aside from the above method, you can also do your verification via SMS.
To do this, simply send an SMS containing the following details:
C-number, the year you paid your duty, and the port or location through which your car was brought into Nigeria.
The numbers to send the SMS or call are 094621597, 094621598 and 094621599.
After this, you should get clearance within some minutes.
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Sometimes, the process might look difficult or tiring. However, it is very important you do it, as the law stipulates that any unduly cleared car should be tagged smuggled car.
This can lead to a serious fine or arrest of the offender.
That’s all on the cost of clearing cars in Nigeria. I hope this article was helpful?