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Many years ago, importation of goods into Nigeria was seen as a difficult task and the reasons were not farfetched. The process of importing things into the country was filled with so many bottlenecks and bureaucratic red tapes.

Then gradually, things started to take a turn for good and those in the importation business started noticing positive development. Despite the improvement, there were still many issues to resolve.

Fortunately, the Federal Ministry of Finance recently released the New Import Guidelines, Procedures and Documentation Requirements, which now gives the Nigeria Customs Service the sole responsibility of Destination Inspection, which is inspecting goods at the port of entry into Nigeria.

The implication of this new process is designed to be easier and more efficient for importers and has taken effect from December 1, 2013.

With this new process in place, importers or their agents will be able to start clearing their goods before they even arrive in Nigeria.

What makes this process quick is the completion of the (PAAR), the Pre-Arrival Assessment Report, which now takes only 6 hours, yes 6 hours, rather than 6 days as was the case before.

And why is PAAR so easy to complete?  Because the Nigeria Customs Service has simplified its processes, simple enough for just about anybody to get on board.

So for more information on completing PAAR, click on this link:

Or call the 24-hour Nigeria Customs Service Help Desk on;

09 – 4621597, 4621598, 4621599

Or send an email to




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