25 items banned from being imported into Nigeria (FULL LIST)

There are at least 25 items that have been banned from being imported into Nigeria. The list, circulated by the Finance Ministry on Friday, includes soaps, spaghetti and used fridges.

The ban on the items was put in place by the government in 2016, as part of yearly efforts to control import, but is still in place as no new one has been provided for 2017, Festus Akanbi, spokesperson to the finance minister told PREMIUM TIMES.

See full list below.


1. Live or Dead Birds including Frozen Poultry H.S. Code 0105.1100 – 0105.9900, 0106.31.00.00 – 0106.39.00.00, 0207.11.00.00 – 0207.26.00.00 and 0210.99.00.00

2. Pork, Beef, H.S. Codes 0201.10.00.00 – 0204.50.00.00, 0206.10.00.00 – 0206.90.00.00, 0210.10.00.00 – 0210.20.00.00

3. Bird Eggs H.S. Code 0407.11.00.00 – 0407.90.00.00; excluding hatching eggs

4. Refined vegetable oil 1507.10.00.00-1516.20.90.00.but excluding refined linseed, castor and olive oil. Crude vegetable oil are however NOT banned from importation.

5. Cane or beet sugar and chemically pure sucrose, in solid form containing added flavouring or colouring matter H. S. Code 1701.91.10.00 – 1701.99.90.00 in retail packs

6. Cocoa butter, Powder and cakes H.S. Codes 1802.00.00.00 – 1803.20.00.00, 1805.00.10.00 – 1805.00.90.00, 1806.10.00.00 – 1806.20.00.00 and 1804.00.10.00 – 1804.00.90.00

7. Spaghetti/Noodles H.S. Code 1902.11.00.00 – 1902.30.00.00

8. Fruit Juice in retail Packs H.S. Code 2009.11.10.00 – 2009.11.90.00 – 2009.90.90.00

9. Waters, including mineral waters and aerated Waters, containing added sugar or sweetening matter or flavoured, ice snow H.S. Codes 2201.10.10.00 – 2201.90.00.00, other non-alcoholic beverages H.S. Codes 2202.10.00.00 – 2202.90.90.00.(but excluding energy or health drinks – liquid dietary supplements e.g. Power Horse, Red Ginseng, etc) H.S. Code 2202.90.10.00 and Beer and stout (Bottled, Canned or otherwise packed) H.S. Code 2203.00.10.00 – 2203.00.90.00.

10. Bagged Cement H.S. Code 2523.29.00.00

11. Medicament falling under Headings 3003 & 3004 such as:

a) Paracetamol tablets Syrups

b) Cotrimozazole tablets and Syrups

c) Metronidazole tablets and Syrups

d) Chloroquine tablets and Syrups

e) Haematinic formulations:

(i) Ferrous sulphate and ferrous gluconate tablets
(ii) Folic acid tablets

(iii) Vitamin B Complex tablets (except modified release formulations).

f) Multivitamin tablets, capsules and syrups (except special formulations)

g) Aspirin tablets (except modified release formulations and soluble aspirin)

h) Magnesium trisilicate tablets and suspensions

i) Piperazine tablets and syrups

j) Levamisole tablets and syrups

k) Ointments penicillin/gentamycin

l) Pyrantel pamoate tablets and syrups

m) Intravenous Fluids (Dextrose, Normal Saline etc)

12. Waste pharmaceuticals H.S. Code 3006.92.00.00

13. Soaps and Detergents H.S. Code 3401.11.10.00 – 3402.90.00.00 in retail packs

14. Mosquito repellant Coils H.S. Code 3808.91.17.00 (mosquito coils)

15. Sanitary Wares of Plastics H.S. Code 3922.10.00.00 – 3922.90.00.00 and Domestic Articles and Wares of Plastic H.S. Code 3924.10.00.00 – 3924.90.90.00 (but excluding Baby Feeding Bottles 3924.90.20.00) and (flushing cistern and waterless toos toilets).

16. Rethreaded and used Pneumatics tyres but excluding used trucks tyres for rethreading of size 11.00 x 20 and above 4012.20.10.00

17. Corrugated paper and Paper boards H.S. Code 4808.10.00.00 and Cartons, boxes and cases made from Corrugated paper and Paper boards H.S. Code 4819.10.00.00, Toilet paper, Cleansing or facial tissue H.S. Code 4818.10.00.00 – 4818.90.00.00 excluding baby diapers and incotinent pads for adult use 9619.00.22.00 and Exercise Books H.S. 4820.20.00.00

18. Telephone Recharge Cards and Vouchers 4911.99.91.00

19. Carpets and other textile floor coverings falling under H.S. Code 5701.10.00.00 – 5705.00.00.00

20. All types of footwears, bags and suitcases, H.S. Code 6401.10.90.00 – 6405.90.90.00 and 4202.11.90.00-4202.99.90.00 but excluding safety shoes used in oil industries, sports shoes, canvass shoes and all Completely Knocked Down (CKD), blanks and parts.

21. Hollow glass bottles of a capacity exceeding 150 mls (0.15 litres) of all kinds used for packaging beverages by Breweries and other beverages and drinks company H.S. Code 7010.90.49.00 and 7010.90.31.00.

22. Used compressors H.S. Code 8414.30.90.00, Used Air Conditioners H.S. Codes 8415.10.10.00 – 8415.90.90.00 and used Fridges/Freezers H.S. Code 8418.10.10.00 – 8418.69.00.00

23. Used motor vehicles above 15 years from the Year of manufacture H.S. Code 8703.10.00.00 – 8703.90.00.00

24. Furniture H.S. Code 9401.1000.00 – 9401.9000.99 and 9403.1000 – 9404.9000, but excluding Baby walkers, laboratory cabinets such as microscope table, fume cupboards, laboratory benches (9403), stadium chairs, height adjustment device, base sledge, seat frames and control mechanism, arm guide and head guides. Also excluded are; skeletal parts of furniture such as blanks, upholstered or unfinished part of metal, plastics, veneer, chair shell etc.

25. Ball point pen and parts including refills (excluding tip)


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  • çhudyky

    How his is madness can government boost of single working company how can you ban what you don’t have?

    • Dave

      Sir, there are a number of working Pharmaceutical Companies in Nigeria today …Emzor, GSK, Olex, Zolon, Chemiron, Mopson, etc. They and many others need to be protected.

  • shegxy

    This government is really leading us to disaster that we will surely in short time full of regret, how can you ban most of those thing you don’t produce or have the raw material to produce

    • Noble

      Are not ashamed that people import ordinary paracetamol that a third year student in pharmacuetical chemistry in UNN nnsukka university can formulate.

      • shegxy

        Can you read my comment again I only mention those products the country can’t produce or have the raw material to make them

        • Williams Johnson Fortune

          Those products, such as….please give me the list. Thank you.

        • PRINCE OLOTO

          Can you mention just 1 product you wish Govt shud lift the ban on?
          Is it a must to criticise?

      • USMAN INUWA La’u

        Can formulated rubbish. When Nafdac can no longer control the quality of items. My friend 9ja na rubbish country

        • The Optimist

          People like you constitute the rubbish.

          • Noble

            God bless you for giving him that answer.

        • Noble

          A country is product of its citizenry. My brother you are free to change your citizenship to Afghanistan or better still Libya.

  • One must take exception to ‘k) Ointments penicillin/gentamycin’ it’s a life saver.

    • Dave

      Those are being produced locally now … Why import

      • Okay if you say so, gentamicin in a format is a life saver

        • The Optimist

          Enlighten your self. Nigerian pharmaceutical industries are up to the task.

          • Whoa, your arrogant, obnoxious, antagonistic style of conversation is telling of the kind of environment you can from, try taking it a notch down for a better quality of life.

          • The Optimist

            It’s unfortunate that a humble suggestion that you ENLIGHTEN yourself is so interpreted. I never knew you hate NEW information.

          • Bug-off, you arrogant pompous jackass, ‘humility’ and you = oxymoron

  • zionist

    banning all those items will not solve the problem, the country cannot run industries on generator no stable power supply for industries. their Rice ban has not taught them lesson.thank God i am not from this country.

    • EFE

      Then why commenting in the first instance? Or you never heard of necessity being the mother of inventions?

      • musa aliyu

        Don’t mind the buffoon.

    • The Optimist

      Then shut up your mouth!

      • here goes one of your humility!

        • The Optimist

          Rational reactions are situational!

          • ‘rational’ and you, comical.

    • Noble

      Then you should not comment. Let nigerian discuss their problem. We are waiting for birth of your imaginary country, that only exist in some people mind.

  • McAlfred Uta

    Can I really commend the commentators so far on this subject who have responded rather maturely than the usual abuses and unnecessary display of bigotry. Yes, the banned items are for the betterment of Nigeria. How I wish tomato paste is included as I am still seeing the resurgence of De Rica in our markets.

  • Khalifa Faruk

    This is really good all this good that where banned we already have a companies that are producing them in my dear country, how can we solve the problems of unemployment, Revenue generation if we allowed this to be imported it is when companies are producing youth will be employed, government will get more tax from them that is the logic, but if you can’t stay the way it should be just leave the country.

  • The Optimist

    Very good! We are moving ahead.

  • Muhammad

    I hope that toothpick has not smuggled its way back .

  • Alex

    No suitable electricity in the whole country,how can we manufacture or produce products were are told not import?modern economy runs on energy and peaceful environment.

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    • UDO

      Ewu mbembe

  • Eze Igbo

    Story still the government officials – customs who sabotage the bans – corruption everywhere!

  • Victor Toks

    Change has to come from somewhere ,there is thouasards of raw materials to produce all that has been baned.The problems is all the emenies of progress sabotaging the efforts of government.Under the fomer PDP government ,people have forget the great damage done by the rate of embezzlment ,fraud and stealing of billions of dollars.We need political will,encourge the little enough the government is doing .Most people are good to criticize,condemn,lambaste and attack any good things goverment is doing but most of them have people working in government departments who are not clean.Is it easy to rule a Country like Nigeria? If anyone is not happy with Nigeria ,leave go to Angola,Romania,China,Colombia,Kazakhstan,Nicaragua,Burundi,Libya,DC Congo and Somalia etc .Nigeria is going to be Great !! We can never see anBritish or America citizens to always lambaste their country ,people from different field to develop their economy.We UK has people like Sir Francis Bacon,Thomas Frye,Sir Tim Berners Lee,William Shakespeare and Margaret Thatcher etc.American and most great nations were built by their people.So my question is what have you or are willing to do to make Nigeria great?

    • UDO

      You forgot to tell them to go to Sudan or South Sudan. Only if they will listen. The only thing they think of is food and money. They do not know that with basic infrastructure provided, pple can live on low cost and little income but live longer

  • UDO

    Buhari, History will remember you for being the man who always stoops to correct the ills of corrupted minds. You tried it before and they complained, today after their expectations were completely dashed, they have seen the need for a decent country but the stakes are higher now than then. God will help you for the future Nigerians; but for these haters, they will never see the promised land. Protect our infant industries, though it pains. A generation must bear pains for other generations to enjoy. This generation must bear the pains.