Cost Of Shipping A Car From USA To Nigeria

Cost Of Shipping A Car From The USA To Nigeria (2020)

Have you always wondered what the cost Of Shipping A Car From USA To Nigeria 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.

Cost Of Shipping A Car From The USA To Nigeria (2020)

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.

How To Buy A Car From the USA in Nigeria

Some of these sites are:

Auto Auction Mall

You can buy any vehicle of your choice from 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 vehicles.

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  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.

How To Ship Cars From USA 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:

  1. Ensure that the vehicle isn’t right-handed because the FRSC has prohibited the import of such vehicles. You can see more on that
  2. 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

e-Form ‘M’

Original invoice

Packing list

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

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.

Cost Of Shipping A Car From The USA To Nigeria (2020)

The ports that offer container shipping from United 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 it’s 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:

Agent’s commission

Terminal charges

Custom duties

And many more…


Conclusion on Cost Of Shipping A Car From USA To Nigeria 

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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