Customs Clearing Documents Nigeria? The purpose of this article is to bring together set of clearing documents that I have written in different articles. To effectively clear goods from the Nigerian Customs, the Clearance Vendor need these documents.
CUSTOMS CLEARING DOCUMENTS NIGERIA: COMPLETE SET OF CLEARING DOCUMENTS
Customs Duty Payment Confirmation:
This is the valid evidence of duty payment from your commercial bank. Hence, the concerned bank must sign and stamp on this evidence.
This is cumulative of the Single Goods Declaration – SGD. It is the document you take to the bank for Customs Duty payment.
Single Good Declaration (SGD):
First of all, the Shipping Line’s submission of Manifest must be confirmed. Secondly, rotation number is confirmed from the shipping line as vessel arrives Nigeria. Then, data capturing of items or goods detail generates the SGD.
Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR):
PAAR is an acronym for Pre-Arrival Assessment Report. The Nigerian Custom services requires approved and valid PAAR for cargo clearing. The single window does not allow individuals the right to process PAAR. Usually, the bank that issued your Form M also does the PAAR.
Thus, by regulation, the exporter is to send a set of original documents on a shipment to the bank. Consequently, this could delay the clearing process. However, some banks are considerate and have a faster way of doing things. Vagmon Integrated Services makes your work pretty as fast as you would like it. Therefore, contact us using the contact page on this weblog for whatever the challenge is.
The Applicant Dealer bank is responsible for requesting PAAR consignment. This is via the Nigeria Single Window Trade Portal. The bank will attach scanned copies of final clearing documents, and submit it so Nigeria Customs Services- NCS. The NCS will review, register, query or reject PAAR.
The first official document needed for shipping into Nigeria is Form M. Documents needed to open a form M are: the Pro forma Invoice, Marine Insurance Certificate, and the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) Product Certificate.
Bill of Lading (BL):
As a receipt, the bill of lading is from the carrier. Therefore, the BL is used to prove to the Shipper that goods are received by the Carrier and is confirmed. So, BL is a document of title (proof of ownership of goods). In other words, it means that the transporter has received and confirmed the goods. The shipper has agreed to deliver the said goods to destination of interest. Additionally, for clearance purposes, the bill is made available to the importer. The importer must make the bill of lading available to the transporter company at destination locality before cargo carriage.
Call it commercial invoice, shipping invoice, or final invoice, the nomenclature used has nothing to add to the content. The commercial invoice is the real invoice. Issued by the exporter or shipper to the importer of goods. It contains specific actual information that helps the Nigerian Customs determine import duties. It defers from the pro forma invoice in that it is a customs document. Thus, it contains factual information in terms of goods detail, shipping and costs, shipping costs and terms of supply and payment. In addition, the commercial invoice must contain Form M numbers on it (MF/BA).
The Packing List is a shipping document that shows unabridged description of goods. It shows dimensions, weights etc., in a parcel or package. Its purpose is to help transporters or carriers of goods, government agencies, and importers know the contents of what is shipped. The content of a packing list is essentially the same, with little or no variation among countries.
Combined Certificate of Value and Origin (CCVO):
The CCVO stands for Combined Certificate of Value and Origin. As the name suggests, the certificate is actually a combination of two parts. One part serves to indicate the actual value or price paid or will be paid for imported goods, while the other half authenticates the sources of goods. Hence, one is not wrong to say that the CCVO is both an invoice and declaration by the manufacturer/seller, authenticating the price and origin. In other-words, the CCVO is a customs document used to prove the value and origin of goods imported to Nigeria for clearance purposes. This is why the Federal Ministry of Finance mandates that all goods imported to Nigeria be backed by CCVO.
SON Conformity Assessment Program Certificate (SONCAP):
To clear items in Nigeria, importers are required by law to have for every consignment of regulated products, a SON Product Certificate (PC) and a SONCAP Certificate (SC) issued by SON approved inspection agency. Approved agencies include SGS, INTERTEK and COTECNA. The SON PC is used to open the Form M. Similarly, SC is used to raise the Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR) for clearance of the imported items. The PC/SC are processed and obtained by exporters in the Country of Supply of goods.
Read Also: IMPORTATION LICENSE: REGULATORY AGENCIES
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS):
This is needed for certain import items like chemicals.
Certain food items and regulated chemicals require NAFDAC Permit for importation.
This article for customs clearing documents Nigeria is a consolidation of write-ups. The Clearance Vendor’s work becomes easier when clearing documents are complete. Furthermore, the Agent can clear goods and deliver them within stipulated time.