Have you always wondered what the cost of shipping a car into Nigeria from the USA could be? Or you have tried to import a car in the past, and you found the processes confusing and stressful?
In a few minutes, I’ll be outlining the cost of shipping a car from the USA to Nigeria from the shipping cost, to custom duties, to lists of reliable logistics companies.
Nigeria was reported to own about 73% of the car importation share in 2018 alone. No thanks to the poor economy and earning spending capacity of Nigerians. Purchasing a brand new car is too expensive for an average Nigerian, so most opt in for the used car from the USA.
How To Buy A Car From the USA in Nigeria
It is worth mentioning that you can buy a car in the USA from the comfort of your home. Right on your bed, you can bid for a car on an auction site and buy it in a very short time.
Some of these sites are:
Auto Auction Mall
You can buy any vehicle of your choice from autoauctionmall.com at a very affordable price without the hassle. All you need to do is set up an account on their website and browse through hundreds and thousands of vehicles listed for auction. After examining and checking all the vehicle’s
Auto Bid Master
This is another place where you can buy a used car from the USA at an affordable price. Just like Auto Auction Mall, you have the luxury to select from a very wide range of vehicles.
How To Ship Cars From USA to Nigeria
After choosing and settling the car of your choice from either of the auction sites listed above, it is now time to send it down to Nigeria.
There are two ways to ship a car from the USA to Nigeria. The first is RORO (Roll-in/Roll out) shipping, which requires that the car can move by itself because it will be driven to the ship and off it when it gets to Nigeria.
On the other hand, container shipping doesn’t need your car to be in a working condition since it’ll be enclosed in a container.
It’ll be lifted out of it when it gets to Nigeria. This is safer but costlier than RORO shipping.
But before you send the car to the port, you need to check and confirm that your consignment is legal and meets all the rules and regulations for exporting from the USA and importing into Nigeria. Some of the things you should take note of are:
- Ensure that the vehicle isn’t right-handed because the FRSC has prohibited the import of such vehicles. You can see more on that
- Make sure that all documentations are in place before you take the vehicle to the port. Some paperwork must be present before it can leave the United States. Some must be present before the Nigerian Customs service would clear the car.
Below is a list of some of the documents needed in the American and Nigerian ports, respectively
American Documents For Exporting Your Car
Bill of Sale
Original Vehicle Title
Original Vehicle Title
Nigerian Documents You Need To Have
Nigerian Drivers License
National ID documents
Proof of address
Proof of insurance
Combined Certificate of Value and Origin (CCVO)
Adequate description of the imported goods
Shipped / Clean on Bill of Landing / Railway Bill / AirBill
To find out more about the documentation, check the Lagos State Vehicles Inspection Services’ official website.
Cost Of Shipping A Car From USA To Nigeria 2020
The cost of shipping a car into Nigeria depends on the type of shipping you use, the distance between the vehicle’s location to the port, and other vehicular duties.
The ports that offer container shipping from Unites State to Nigeria are: Oakland and Long Beach in California, Miami, Houston, Georgia and Newark, Texas, Florida, Savannah, New Jersey.
And for Ro/Ro shipping from the United States to Nigeria, they’re just six. These are: Galveston, Texas, New Jersey and Baltimore, Jacksonville, Florida, Georgia, Portsmouth, Virginia, Bayonne, Savannah, Maryland.
You can either clear your vehicle at Apapa if its container shipping or Tin Can Island if its RORO.
The prices for each of these services are present on the websites of each of these logistics companies.
Duties and Local Charges
There are some custom duties and taxes that need to be settled before cars can be cleared in the port. The Nigeria government charges a Duty Rate of 20% and a Sales tax of 5%.
In addition to these, there are some other charges you’ll pay for like:
And many more…
The cost of shipping a car from the USA to Nigeria is very cheap compared to buying a new car or buying a used one in Nigeria.
The stress involved in clearing a car might appear tasking, but with the help of a custom licensed agent, you’re covered.
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