The Current Cost of Clearing Cars in Nigeria Officially

This post will list out the current cost of clearing cars in Nigeria Tin can port, Cotonou(Seme Border), Apapa Port and other ports to deliver them to a client in Nigeria. Charges such as Nigerian custom duty charge on imported cars, port charges and clearing agent charges will also need to be paid for this to be successfully carried out.


Majority of the cars imported into Nigeria comes from Cotonou, licensed clearing agent go there and settle all taxes like import duties, then deliver the cars to their clients in Nigeria. Custom Import duty and taxes are charges paid to the government for importing goods into Nigeria whether by a private individual or a commercial entity. Vehicles from other port such as Tin Can come from overseas and still have similar clearing charges. These are some of the facts you’ll need known if you’re considering shipping and clearing a car in Nigeria.

Nigerian New Import Duty Tariff

In a move to make Nigerians patronize locally manufactured vehicle the Nigerian Government raised the tariff on imported cars. This was done in 2014 with the aim of creating employment and a wide range of technologically advanced manufacturing opportunities.

In the old tariff, the factor that was used to determine the import duty tax was based on the year which the car was manufactured. For example a car that was manufactured in 2016 would attract a higher tariff than a car that was manufactured in 2008. Then the average cost of clearing new and used Commercial Buses, Trucks, Jeep/SUV’S and Cars in Nigeria were structured like;


2000-2003: N350, 000

2004-2006: N290, 000


2007-2008: N450, 000

2009: N650, 000

2010: N750, 000

2011-2012: N800, 000 and above.


2000-2003: N300, 000

2004-2006: N350, 000

2007-2008: N650, 000

2009: N800, 000

2010-2012:N900, 000 and above.

Commercial Buses (10-15 Passengers)

1999: N190,000.


1990-1995: N280, 000

1996-2005: N250, 000.

However, in this new tariff which fully took effect in 2015, the cost price of the car is the factor which determines the import duty tax for clearing it. In this system, a 35% duty and a 35% levy tax on the cost of the vehicle will be used. That is a total of 70% on all imported new or used vehicle meaning a car which was purchased for N3 000,000 will need N2,100,000 to be cleared.

Clearing your car in Nigeria can be hectic, however this depends on so many factors. Always make sure you using a reliable clearing agent. Some agents are very dubious and try to look for alternative means to get the job done without paying tax to the appropriate authorities.

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Below are the current cost of clearing the following cars at Seme Border presently. Some fees includes port charges, custom duties, and clearing agent charges.

  • VW brand Buses – 350
  • 2000 Toyota Yaris Verso 1.3 litres engine – 200
  • 2004 Toyota Siena – 350
  • 2010 Total Siena – This is subject to evaluation
  • 2007 Ford Edge – 900 or less
  • Corolla 2003 | 2006 | 2008 model – 350 – 450 – 600 respectively
  • Toyota Camry 2003 | 2007 | 2008– 370, 600 and 600 respectively
  • Mazda 6 2004 Model – Between 430 – 500
  • 2003 Passat Volkswagen – 380
  • 2001 Benz ML 430 – 450
  • 2003 Toyota Highlander – 450
  • 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Hyundai Elantra – 1.3m
  • Salvage 2015 Mazda 3 SV – 2M
  • 2003 Hyundai Sonata – 350k
  • Acura MDX 2007/2008/2009 – 700 / 850/ 980 respectively
  • 2011 Volkswagen CC – 1.2M
  • 2010 Camry Hybrid – 1.1M
  • 1994 Toyota 4 Runner –  450
  • Mitsubishi Carisma 2005 Model – 380
  • Toyota Corolla 2006 – 400
  • Ford Focus 2012 – 1.4
  • 2010 Toyota Venza – 1.1m
  • 2006 Land Rover Range Sport – 1.5m
  • Lexus RX300 2001 – 420
  • Ford Focus Salon Car 2003 Model – 340
  • Acura TSX 2004 Model – 380
  • Kia Optima 2012 and KIA Spectra 2006 – 1.2M | 500k respectively


Latest Cost of Clearing Cars in Nigeria Today: Official Price List  (Updated, January 2019)

Buying a car in Nigeria is a necessity, so when importing cars as a car dealer, the question of how much does it cost to clear a car arises. What you would do is to visit any car-related websites or forum online in search for answers.

Nevertheless, you must still be aware of the cost of clearing some certain car models. This is vital as you would want your customers to know the latest clearing cost.

The same goes for the buyer bringing in a vehicle from any foreign country, he too must know the cost of clearing the car.  There are many reasons for wanting your own personal car, maybe due to the decline in the Nigerian public transport system which makes moving from one place to another difficult.

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It might also be that buying the car abroad is better in terms of reliability, sound engine, body parts, etc, than when you buy directly from a Nigerian dealer online or offline.

Its common knowledge that the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) is the body responsible for the clearing of vehicles after which they are allowed within the country. Things have quite changed  as the method used in determining the cost of clearing a car in Nigeria today is no more based on the size and year of manufacture of the vehicle.

The new tariff system for determining the cost of clearing vehicles is what the NCS have been using for the past 4 years. According to the Customs website, “a 35% duty is charged on the cost of your car, with an additional 35% levy which sums up the total clearing cost at 70% of the initial cost of the vehicle.”

Unlike before, the old policy puts the clearing cost at 22% of the initial cost of the car but with this new cost, there has been a 48% increase when compared to the old cost. For example, the table below shows the cost of clearing cars under the old policy based on current value of some popular car brands.

Year of ManufactureClearing Fee for Cars (N)Clearing fee for SUVs (N)
2010800000Subject to negotiations
2011-2015Subject to negotiationsSubject to negotiations

The newly introduced system now focuses more on the actual value of the vehicle to get the total cost of the car. The table below shows some popular vehicle brands and their current clearing cost this 2019.

Car modelCost in Naira
Acura MDX 2007N700,000
Acura MDX 2008N850,000
Acura MDX 2009N980,000
Acura TSXN380,000
Benz MLN450,000
Ford Edge 2007N900,000
Ford Focus 2012N1,400,000
Hyundai Elantra 2013 – 2016N1,300,000
Hyundai SonataN350,000
Kia Optima 2012N1,200,000
Kia SpectraN500,000
Land Rover R/Sport 2006N1,500,000
Lexus RX 300N420,000
Mazda 3 SVN2,000,000
Mazda 6 2004N450,000
Mitsubishi Carisma 2005N380,000
Toyota 4 Runner 1994N450,000
Toyota Camry 2003N270,000
Toyota Camry 2007- 2008N600,000
Toyota Camry Hybrid 2010N1,100,000
Toyota Corolla 2003N350,000
Toyota Corolla 2004N450,000
Toyota Corolla 2005N500,000
Toyota Corolla 2006N600,000
Toyota HighlanderN450,000
Toyota Sienna 2004N350,000
Toyota Venza 2010N1,100,000
Toyota Yaris 2000N200,000
Volkswagen busesN350,000
Volkswagen CC 2011N1,200,000
Volkswagen PassatN380,000
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Zonal Offices Where To Clear Your Cars

The popular ports in Nigeria through which cars are brought in are Tin Can port and Apapa port. You will only clear at Seme border if you’re importing your car from Cotonou. The various fees to pay at this border includes the custom duty, the port charge and the clearing agent fee.

Verification of car status can be done at any of the four zonal centres of the Nigerian Customs Service. It is at this place you pay the fees for your car’s uncleared status. The four zonal offices includes:

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

Another method of verification is to call or send an SMS to the following NCS numbers along side you C-number, the year you paid your duty and the port or location through which your car was brought into the country. The numbers to call are: 094621597, 094621598 and 094621599. You should receive a custom clearance after some few minutes.


Even though the process of ascertaining the status of your car can be tedious at times, it is better to do so as the law states that any car that hasn’t been duly cleared shall be tagged “a smuggled car” and can lead to fines or arrest of car owner or dealer by the law enforcement agencies that clear vehicles in Nigeria.


The Current Cost of Clearing Cars in Nigeria Officially 2019
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Updated: January 6, 2019 — 6:22 am

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  1. Anthony

    Thanks for the info, I want to know what it would have cost to clear a Honda CRV 1998 model in 2012. So I know if the car was properly cleared.

    1. Makay

      How much would I need to clear a Mercedes Benz 2007 s550? And also a Mercedes Benz s550 2010? Thanks.

  2. BRUNO



    1. Babajide Raji

      What’s d year and maker

  3. Oji

    Could you please provide the contact information of two or three agents who are dependable and of good integrity that I can immediately contact for clearing a used vehicle in Lagos.

    Thank you,

    1. Babajide Raji


      1. Kola

        Please how much is the cost for clearing 2004 Toyota Sienna?

  4. ib

    Great information and eye opener, i have two questions please, (1) is there no restrictions asper the year of the car? I mean if the car is older than 15year I thought there is a law or info like that. That 15years cars will not be allowed into the country (2) is it no wise or possible for one to clear his or her car by herself? Considering the fact that there are very dubious clearing agents? Thanks

    1. Thomas

      Please sir, were you replied to on the Number 2 question about clearance by one self?
      will need to know is one can actually clear by himself

    2. Babajide Raji

      even with the fact that cars over with years is said to not be cleared or allowed to the country my brother my sister people do import it and we do the clearance,clearing agent settle at the customs gate

      Individual can’t clear vehicles them self except u go through a license customs broker to the running for u sir

    3. khalid

      pls which reliable online car dealer is there… ?
      cheap and reliable

  5. Biola

    Thanks for this information. Could you please let me know what’s the cost to clear Volvo s40 2005 model (Manual)

    You can please reply via my email. Await your reply soon.


    1. Babajide Raji

      Volvo s40 2005:#380,000

  6. dupe

    I’d like to know how much it will cost to clear a nisaan juke 2014

    1. Babajide Raji

      Nissan joke 2014:#1.950,000

  7. Noble

    How much is the clearing charge of mercedes ml 2006 t0 2008

    1. Babajide Raji

      ML 2006:#750,000
      ML 2008:#850,000

      1. Adebayo

        pls i will like to know how much to clear a 2006corolla….asap

      2. Bashir

        How much does it cost to clear Toyota Highlander 2007 model


    Great I love this

  9. festus

    how much does it cost to clear Daf 95 xf 430,480 2002 to 2005

    1. Babajide Raji

      950,000 each

      1. Franklin

        the custom fees is included in the 950,000 right? @ jide

  10. Lawson

    How much does it cost to clear a Lexus rx350 2013 model

    1. Babajide Raji


  11. Steve

    Nice info here. Could you please let me know the cost of clearing Volkswagen Golf 3 Wagon? Please, I need ur respond. Thanks

    1. Babajide Raji


  12. Adeyemi Seun

    Pls how much to clear Toyota corola 2005/2006
    Is there any discount if u are Nigeria Officers
    Can u give me any number to call for assistance

    1. Babajide Raji

      2005 corolla :#360,000
      2006 corolla :#380,000

      U have access to not pay mischeanous charges butbcuatoms duty and handling charges must fully paid

  13. Omoefe Okinedo

    I would like to know how much it will cost me to clear a brand new 2017 Toyota Hilux?

    1. Babajide Raji

      With 6.5m you’ll get it cleared

  14. Yusuf Baasit

    Hello sir,
    How much will clear 2007 bmw 325i

    1. Babajide Raji

      with #550,000

    2. Enaji

      How much would it cost me to clear a 2013 Toyota Camry and a 2010 Peugeot 407?

  15. prayertitus

    Omo I need a Car Called Jumper

  16. Oluwasanmi olusegun

    How much does it cost to clear a 2005 Toyota matrix.

    1. Babajide Raji

      With 380k ull get it cleared

      1. ABAYOMI ADE


  17. jimoh ganiyu

    am a clearing & forwarding agent like to deal with you


        Pls help me out, What is the standard freight charges to bring an Suv from Unitef states to Nigeria. Also How much will it cost to clear an SUV, Ford escape 2005, purchased at $900. Thank you.

      2. OLAMINI Abdul

        Peugeot 406 prestige 2004model how much is clearing charge.

  18. Michael Damingo

    Gud aftanun chizoba, pls. Help me out. How much does it cost to clear a 2018 jeep compass sport from the US in tin can. And what are the procedures. Thanks a bunch.

    1. Babajide Raji

      Afternoon with 7m you’ll get it cleared

  19. Adeshina

    how much is clearing cost of Camry 2009 car.

  20. CJ

    Nice info


    How much is it to clear the following vehicles

    1. Ford Explorer 2016
    2. Toyota Highlander 2013


    1. Babajide Raji

      Ford explorer 2016:#4.8m
      Toyota highlander 2013:#2.7m

      1. Dodoliso

        Pls how much does it cost to clear a Hyundai sonata 2009/2010 and Pontiac vibe 2006/2007

        1. Edohe

          Pls how much Toyota corolla 2001

  22. david sunday

    Good morning, How much can i clear 2013 Toyota Camry SE

    1. olawole salmon

      Good morning,
      How much will it cost to clear

  23. Michael

    Good day,pls how much is custom duty on Hyundai poterll that has cooler box 2005model.

  24. Christian Ugwualor

    Please how much does it cost to clear Lexus 450h 2013

  25. Adeyemi

    How much does it cost to clear Toyota Camry LE 2009 from US to Lagos Tin Can Port and the procedure and process involved. Thank you

  26. Mr P

    Good day Sir/Ma, please I want to know how much it will cost me to clear FORD ESCAPE 2008 model.

  27. Òladapo Joshua ige

    Please what is the cost of clearing Toyota Highlander 2012-2013 and Toyota Camry 2011


  28. TeeJay

    I enjoy your prompt and sharp responses. Please how much would it cost to clear 2016 Highlander (Limited Platinum)
    Thank you

  29. ibrahim

    are cars between manufacture 2000 – 2003 allowed in to Nigeria

    1. ibrahim

      what is the current age limit for used car in to the country (Nigeria)?

  30. Jay

    Good day sir, i’m Sending 2008 Toyota Highlande and 2010 Toyota Camry, I’ll love to know much it will cost to clear them. Thank you.

  31. Dan

    Pls how much does it take to clear a Nissan Murano 2004 model

  32. Sam

    How much is to clear Golf 3

  33. Hero

    Please i would like to know how much ut will cost me to clear Honda Odyssey 2003 bougth at 650 Canadian dollar.

  34. Jolaoso toyin

    Please how much will it cost to clear a 2008 Rx 350. Thanks

  35. Jolaoso toyin

    Please also how much will it cost to clear toyota 2007 Rav 4. Thanks

  36. Daramola Abayomi

    Dear sir,
    please can you tell me the cost of clearing toyota rav4 model 2005 and toyota corolla model 2005

  37. Oba

    I will like to know how much it’s cost to clear 2014 Acura rdx

  38. Sunday

    Please how much to clear a used 2004/2005 Toyota Corolla 1.8L from USA? including the clearing agent charges. Thanks

  39. Adebayo Akinmo

    I need a custom clearingnagent

  40. Micheal

    Naija ehn

  41. Filani johnson babatunde

    What is the cost of clearing a 40ft container containing 4 cars
    Camry 2017
    Camry 2011
    Accord 2006
    Corolla 2015

  42. Ogunsanmi Oluwatoba

    please how much will I cleaar 2010 Toyota corolla

  43. Abiola

    What is the cost of clearing Toyota Camry 2013?


    Please, what is the cost of clearing Toyota Avensis 2009 model?

    1. Biyi

      What is the cost of clearing used vovo truck 18ton capacity 1989

  45. seyi

    good day mr raji,will like to know accident cars bought at auction is it at same value won at auction is the duty that will be paid at customs wen the car gets to Nigeria?

  46. festus

    Please how much will it cost to clear 2010 ford adge

  47. harry geo

    please how much does it cost to clear ford edge 2011 model?

  48. Emmanuel Ojugo

    How much does it take to clear a Toyota Corolla 2013 model?

  49. Olubiyi

    Hello Raji,

    Thank you for taking time to respond to all, on the cost of clearing. You also need to let them know if those prices are full surface duty payment or compromise clearing on the valuation.

    its always in the interest of customer to know the diff, should they need to travel with the vehicle and been stopped by custom.

    its also important to let them know that,not all the payments would come with receipt,if you are making compromise clearing.


    Vehicle Importer from US.

    1. Darnell

      Mr olubiyi please inbox me on whatasapp as I would like to ask some questions off this site. My name is Emma 00447780334596

    2. gbenga

      Thank you for the insight but please do you have idea of a good and lowcost shipping firm In Minnesota -usa…intend to bring in Toyota Sienna 2006

  50. Adebiyi

    How much is clearing 2009 Toyota Camry,though the manufacturing date was 06/2008’can we call it 2008 or2009.pls reply

  51. mr,jolly

    good day and i am so happy to fined this useful informations, i want know how to clear a 40ft container loaded with car engine and spare parts from germany.

  52. Emeka

    Good afternoon, please what is the cost of clearing Buses/Coaches: 1998, 2002, 2004/05, 2008 and 2011.
    Tipper and Truck head.
    Thank you,

    Best Regards,

  53. Oluwafemi

    If i already have my car in Nigeria and I want to do custom Duty, how much will it cost me Highlander 2005

  54. Makay

    How much would I need to clear a Mercedes Benz 2007 s550? And also a Mercedes Benz s550 2010

  55. Emeka

    Hello Good morning,
    Please how much does it cost to clear 2000 – 2006 Bus/Coaches?.

  56. Ndi

    how much to clear a 2007 honda pilot

  57. Manga iju

    Pls how much is the custom and clearing for bmw e46 coja 2003

  58. Tayo

    What is the cost of clearing Toyota Highlander 2011/2012?

  59. Abbot

    I will like to know how much will cost to clear NISSAN MURANO 2011

  60. Steve

    Could you please tell me the clearing cost of a 2014 toyota corolla

  61. Austine

    How much will it cost me to clear a tokunbo Toyota Corolla 2006 and 2007 model respectively?

  62. Adewale Olufemi Ashimi

    Hi, Could you kindly tell me the cost of clearing toyota camry 012?

  63. Oluwaseun

    How much is it going to cost for lagos clearing of a Toyota Avalon Car 2011

  64. prince

    Toyota avalon 2003 duty alone is howmuch

  65. Tijani

    Please i would like to know how much it will cost to clear Audi Q7 2007 & 2009

    1. Audi Q7 2017 is 3.5 million naira

  66. prince

    how much is 2014 ford explora
    and 2006 toyota seinna

  67. Sanuth Jafar A B

    What is the cost for clearing ford Explorer 2015 from USA

  68. kaka

    How much can i clear 2008 TOYOTA COROLLA CE

  69. CHRIS



  70. Soji

    Please, let me know how much I will have to clear TOYOTA 4RUNNER 2008?
    Thanks and regards.

    Olusoji Oyewusi.


    Thanks for the information.
    Please, may I know how would be needed to clear:
    1. TOYOTA 4RUNNER 2008
    2. TOYOTA 4RUNNER 2010
    3. LEXUS 330 and 350.


  72. Saka

    How much is the cost for clearing Camry 2014 (salvage)

  73. Adebowale omolaja

    How much to clear 2005 toyota corolla

  74. kc-auto

    Please how much to clear 2008 land rover in Nigeria

  75. ose

    please, how much is it to clear.

    2006-2009 Lexus IS 250..


  76. Abdallah

    Hello sir,what is d cost of clearing a fiat abart 2012 model

  77. Coker afolake

    Please ikkd like too know how much it will cost me to clear the following cars in nigeria:
    Toyota Camry 98 model, Toyota Camry 2012 model and a toyota tacoma 97model

  78. Obi

    how much does it cost to clear benz GL 450 0r 550 2007-2010 and also how much does it cost BMX 6 2008-2011. Thank you, and also I will love to get in touch with the agent since I don’t have one yet

  79. Monisola

    sorry please i would like too know how much will it cost too clear a Benz e350 2010 and C300 2009 and Is 250 2010

  80. Muyiwa

    How much to clear accidented Mack 2013

  81. michel

    pls any idea on how to recover a lost custom duty papers

  82. Cam C

    Please how much to clear 2010 Toyota Sienna and 2006 Lexus RX330? Thank you

  83. olawole salmon

    How much will it cost to clear toyota camry 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

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