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DHL Express Import Guidelines: Nigeria

Shipping guidelines, standard prohibitions and restrictions to consider when sending express shipments to Nigeria.

Prohibited Commodities for Nigeria

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Antiques
  • Asbestos
  • Calendars
  • Dangerous goods, haz. or comb. mats
  • Diaries
  • Fabrics & fabric samples
  • Furs
  • Gambling devices
  • Invoices, blank
  • Ivory
  • Pornography
  • Samples, textile
  • Swatches
  • Textile articles
  • Tobacco

Shipping Commodities – What You Need to Know

Certain commodities are considered as “Non-Document” and need to be accompanied by an invoice and, in some cases, additional customs documentation. Other commodities are considered simply as a “Document” and only require a DHL Waybill to be completed. The following list explains what you need to do in order to ship various commodities.

Document Commodities (Require only DHL Waybill)

Advertising brochures/pamphlets
Annual reports
Artwork inc.drawings/proofs/layouts
Blank forms
Blueprints
Booklets, brochures (non-adv.)
Books: hardbk/paperbk non-comm. use
Business cards
Catalogues
Charts/graphs
Cheques, cancelled (NI)
Cheques, cashier (NI)
Computer printouts
Credit card blanks (NI)
Credit cards (NI)
Deeds
Diplomatic mail
Documents, general business
Invoices, not blank
Labels
Magazines, periodicals, journals
Manuals, technical
Manuscripts
Maps
Microfiche & microfilm
Money orders (NI)
Music, printed or manuscript
Newspapers
Pamphlets
Passports
Personal mail
Photographs
Photos as part of business reports
Plans/drawings-arch/indust/eng. pur
Playing cards
Price lists
Price tickets for garments
Publication not for public resale
Ship manifest-computer generated
Shipping schedules
Visa applications

Commodities where you should contact your local Customer Service advisor to clarify shipping requirements

Animal products
Chemicals, non-hazardous
Cosmetics
Drugs: non-prescription
Drugs: prescription
Electronic games
Foodstuffs
Glass products
Industrial equipment
Military equipment
Perishables
Personal effects
Plants
Plastic made products
Seeds
Shoes
Stationery
Toys


All other commodities are Non-Document in nature and should be accompanied by a DHL Waybill and an Invoice.