What’s the Cost of Clearing Cars in Nigeria?

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Prior to the new tariffs introduced by the Federal Government, the Nigerian Customs simply considered the size of your vehicle and the year the car was manufactured when determining tariff for your vehicle. This meant that a car manufactured in 2014 would attract a higher tariff than one manufactured in 2001.The average costs of clearing cars under the old regime would like this-:


  • 2000-2003: N250, 000
  • 2004-2006: N270, 000
  • 2007-2008: N400, 000
  • 2009: N600, 000
  • 2010: N700, 000
  • 2011-2012: N800, 000 and above.


  • 2000-2003: N360, 000
  • 2004-2006: N390, 000
  • 2007-2008: N610, 000
  • 2009: N800, 000
  • 2010-2012:N900, 000 and above.

Commercial Buses (10-15 Passengers)

  • 1999: N190,000.


  • 1990-1995: N260, 000
  • 1996-2005: N290, 000.

But with the new law which is expected to be fully operational in 2015, the cost price of the car would be used to determine tariff to be paid. A 35% duty is expected to be charged on the cost of the vehicle along with a 35% levy, which makes the cost of clearing your vehicle about 70% of the cost of the car.

So for instance, if your vehicle cost N 3,500,000, expect to pay an additional N2,450,000 except somehow, the Federal Government decides to stick with the old tariff regime.

Cost of Clearing Cars in Nigeria: All You Need to Know (Updated, August 2017)

 As a car dealer, one of the things you have to know when importing your cars is their clearing cost. As a matter of fact, your customers will often ask you about the cost of clearing of certain car models.

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Generally, the question of how much does it cost to clear a car is very common question on many car-related websites or forum. And one reason why people always want to know the cost implication is because buying a car in Nigeria isn’t a luxury but a necessity.

Due to the challenges with the public transport system, a personal car is certainly more convenient and faster in terms of moving from one point to another.

Another reason why this question is often asked is because many believe that buying your car abroad is more reliable than buying directly from a Nigerian dealer.

Whatever the case, you’re obviously on this page because you want to know the cost of clearing a particular car and in the course of this article; we’ve taken our time to put together details regarding this query.

First, the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) is responsible for the clearing of vehicles before they are allowed in to the country and the method employed in determining the cost of clearing cost used to be quite straightforward until recently.

In the past, the fee was based on the size and year of manufacture of your car. The implication of this was that older cars irrespective of their value are usually cheaper than the newer models.

However, changes began to spring up within the last 4 years and the NCS eventually arrived at a new tariff system for determining the cost of clearing vehicles. Currently, a 35% duty is charged on the cost of your car, in addition to a 35% levy which gives the total clearing cost at 70% of the initial cost of the vehicle.

When compared with the old policy which estimates the clearing cost at 22% of the initial cost of the car, it means that the new cost is 48% higher than the previous. If we are to look at the cost of clearing cars under the old policy based on the current value of some popular car brands, then the highlight below gives you an idea of what to expect.


Year of Manufacture Clearing Fee for Cars (N) Clearing fee for SUVs (N)
1999 260000 400000
2000 280000 400000
2001 280000 450000
2002 320000 450000
2003 330000 480000
2004 350000 480000
2005 400000 500000
2006 410000 550000
2007 500000 570000
2008 600000 600000
2009 780000 850000
2010 800000 Subject to negotiations
2011-2015 Subject to negotiations Subject to negotiations

But with this new system the cost is not exactly determined by the year of manufacture or the size of the car but on the actual value of the car.

As a way of saving you the rigours of trying to figure out what the implication of this new system is, below are some popular vehicle brands and their expected clearing cost.

Car model Cost (N)
Acura MDX 2007 700000
Acura MDX 2008 850000
Acura MDX 2009 980000
Acura TSX 380000
Benz ML 450000
Ford Edge 2007 900000
Ford Focus 2012 1400000
Hyundai Elantra 2013 – 2016 1300000
Hyundai Sonata 350000
Kia Optima 2012 1200000
Kia Spectra 500000
Land Rover R/Sport 2006 1500000
Lexus RX 300 420000
Mazda 3 SV 2000000
Mazda 6 2004 450000
Mitsubishi Carisma 2005 380000
Toyota 4 Runner 1994 450000
Toyota Camry 2003 270000
Toyota Camry 2007- 2008 600000
Toyota Camry Hybrid 2010 1100000
Toyota Corolla 2003 350000
Toyota Corolla 2004 450000
Toyota Corolla 2005 500000
Toyota Corolla 2006 600000
Toyota Highlander 450000
Toyota Sienna 2004 350000
Toyota Venza 2010 1100000
Toyota Yaris 2000 200000
Volkswagen buses 350000
Volkswagen CC 2011 1200000
Volkswagen Passat 380000


There are several ports in Nigeria through which cars are brought in. The most common are the Tin Can port and Apapa port. But if you’re importing your car from Cotonou, you’ll have to clear it at the Seme border. Usually, the cost at this border comprises the port charge, the custom duty and the clearing agent fee.

Currently, there are many cars in the country that haven’t been properly cleared. And the owners are sometimes unaware of their car’s uncleared status. You can verify your car’s status at any of the four zonal centres of the Nigerian Customs Service. If your car hasn’t been properly cleared, you can duly pay the prescribed fee. The four zonal offices are:

  • Zone A Headquarters, No. 1 Harvey Road, Yaba, Lagos;
  • Zone B Headquarters, Kabala Doki, Kaduna;
  • Zone C Headquarters, Nigeria Ports Authority, Port Harcourt and;
  • Zone D Headquarters, Yelwa Tudu Road, Bauchi State.

Another way of verifying is to dial or send an SMS to any of these numbers: 094621597, 094621598 or 094621599 with your C-number, the year you paid your duty and the port or location through which your car was brought into the country.

After sending the SMS with the right information, you’ll get a response within 5 minutes. If your custom clearance isn’t authenticated, you can take advantage of the 60% rebate which applies to cars bought on or before 2015.

The process of ascertaining the status of your car is very important because any car that hasn’t been duly cleared will be tagged a smuggled car and that can cause problems between the car owner or dealer and the law enforcement agency.

474 thoughts on “What’s the Cost of Clearing Cars in Nigeria?”

  1. Please can anyone give the cost of Clearing the following Cars:
    2006 Toyota Highlander
    2006 Toyota Corolla
    2004 Honda Pilot
    2013 Hyundai Sonata
    2010 Nissan Versa

  2. Nice on Babadiya.

    I appreciate your prompt response to questions.

    Pls keep it up.

    Kinly provide me with cost of clearing these vehicles;
    1. Lexus ES 2009 – 2012
    2. Acura TL 2008 – 2009
    3. Acura TSX 2009 – 2012
    4. Toyota Avalon 2009 – 2012
    5. Lexus Rx 350 2010 – 2012


  3. Pls what’s the 70% tariff/duty based on – CIF or just cost of the car?

    Secondly, if you buy an auctioned car at less than the normal market value of the car; would the tariff/duty be based on what you paid or on the market value of the car?

    Thanks in anticipation of your prompt response.

  4. Please what is the total cost of clearing BMW 320i (2005) and Toyota camry 2010 model. also does the method of shipping to the port matters in the cost determination? thanks


    LEXUS GX 460 2010
    ACURA MDX 2003


  6. We have paid for the importation of toyota camry 1999 (tiny light).
    However,the dealer over-traded by using our money for clearing to buy an extra car because of greediness. Now, The agent who is surposed to clear our car is saying the dealer( who in the US) is owning them. hence, They wont release the car. We have been on this issue for more than 6 months. The person who is the middle man between us and the dealer is saying we should pay another 395k to clear the car again by ourself, after we have made full payment,and that he will find a way of getting the money back for us (which we are not ready to risk paying).
    Kindly advice what we can do. Thank you

  7. I really appreciate the importance of all the relevant info you are giving us here. More grease to your elbow & more Grace to your life.

    Please, I would like to know the import duty/tariff on brand-new 14-passenger bus and brand-new 28-passenger coaster bus.

    Thank you.

  8. Hello,

    Trust you are doing okay. Please i still await my inquiry on clearing fee for the following vehicles

    Ford Edge 2008
    Ford Taurus 2010
    Ford Edge 2011

    Is there any affordable/cheap shipping line you can recommend from Canada to Nigeria?

  9. Hello, i must commend you for the selfless service you are rendering. Please i will like to find out the clearing cost of the following vehicles:
    1. Ford Edge 2011
    2. Ford Taurus 2010
    3. T0yota Camry 2008

    Also is there any affordable shipping line you can recommend from canada to Nigeria??

    Thanks in advance.

  10. Good afternoon Barbadian,you have been highly helpful. Thank you so much. I want to confirm if the cost of importing a car with dents(fractured) will be lower than the ones that are intact or not.

  11. Hi. please can advice the clearing rate for the below listed vehicles on urgent basis

    toyota camry 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010
    toyota corolla 2007
    lexus RX 350 2008 and 2010 respectively
    highlander 2010, 2015 and 2016

    Please kindly send email to fimsy969@gmail.com

  12. While awaiting your response as regards email? Mine is martin2324@workmail.com.
    You can email me asap. Also I need these quickly as I have these cars ready on my lot and can ship out as soon as next week from the US.

    2016 VW Passat
    2011 Infiniti G37
    2008 Toyota Highlander
    2010 Toyota Highlander.

    Thank you for your swift response

    • 2016 vw Passat=#3.2m
      2011 infiniti =#1.5m
      2008 highlander=#850
      2010 highlander=#1.4m
      I.e pls ensure you tune the miles on what ever 2016/2017 cars to abt 5000 cos any less than that will attract a levy which is same as the stipulated duty…thank

  13. Babadiya,
    I am trying to reach you on whatsapp. Do you have an email? Need to forward a long list of vehicles, I am in the process of buying lots of used cars and shipping them home. Hopefully you could be my clearing agent if our terms can agree.

  14. Thankx 4 ur reply but u wrote in ur above trend dat 2007 – 2008 can be clear with 400k.I wait for ur reply soon and i want to know the current price to clear 2006 or 2008 toyota corolla.

  15. Please, confirm to me preferably in my email inbox how much it would cost to do a customs registration for a 2005 Model Ford Escape Jeep. Thanks incalculably.

  16. hello, pls am buying a used car from usa online. A toyota camry 2015, do u clear in lagos port or cotonou port. How much. Does the cost cover every duty on d car. Can u refer a shipping company i can use and the cost. I need to know if buying from cotonou is cheaper or importing from usa. Tnks

    • Yes I do clear at both ports,the cost covers everything and as regards shipping line I’d prefer you use either Aes or salluam lines if you are shipping to Nigeria and the the price will be decided by the power of negotiation.thanks

  17. Hi, I bought a 1.8 litres 2005 Opel Meriva from Germany. How much should the cost of clearing be? And how does it work, if I want you to help me with clearing my vehicle.

  18. Need to clear the following cars. Kindly give me each car clearing cost
    2004 Toyota Corolla
    2005 Toyota Matrix
    2004 Mazda Bus (MPV)
    2005 Lexus RX330
    2007 Toyota Highlander

  19. I commend you, please what will it cost me to clear either corolla 2004 or 2003, planning on getting one of it, soonest by September this year..

  20. How much does it cost to clear a salvage car – Kia Optima 2012 and Kia Spectra 2006?

    The car was involved in an accident and would want to clear it at the port.
    Please reply ASAP

  21. Please, the last time I heard about increase on import duty was that it would be deliberated on senate floor before passing into law, now look it has already been effected without the awareness of the public! My question is if you have any idea what the 35% levy is about please…!?

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