Labeling and Marking Requirements in Nigeria

A Hot Tip about Shipping Documentation in Nigeria

Last updated: 13 Mar 2011

Shippers must ensure that Import Duty Report (IDR) numbers are always quoted on the shipping manifests for all import shipments into the country before such manifests are submitted to the Nigeria Customs Service. For air cargo, the airline must ensure that the IDR number for the relevant goods is stated on the airway bill.


The Nigerian government requires that products entering the country must carry such information as: name of product, country of origin, specifications, date of manufacture, batch or lot number, standards to which they were produced (e.g. BS, DIN, ISO/IEC, NIS, etc) and in the case of items such as soap, food and drinks and related products, they should carry the expiration date or the shelf life, as well as active ingredient(s), where applicable. Also, all items entering the country must be labeled in metric terms exclusively. Products with dual or multi-markings will be confiscated or refused entry.




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Posted: 11 May 2010, last updated 13 March 2011