Cost of Clearing Cars With Grimaldi Or Sallaum at Apapa Ports

There are tons of cars in Nigeria currently; as a matter of fact, the National Bureau of Statistics says 181,404 cars were delivered to Nigerian ports in 2017.

That could make you wonder if these cars come cheap and what it costs to clear a car at the Nigerian ports.

Importing cars from the USA or any other country comes with many charges (Import duty, etc.). Different shipping companies ship these cars to the Tin Can Port, Cotonou (Seme Border), Apapa Port, and other ports to transport them to their clients in Nigeria.

Cost of Clearing Cars
Cost of Clearing Cars

This article will reveal the estimated costs of clearing an imported car using either Grimaldi or Sallauma shipping companies.

We’ve also included charges such as Nigerian custom duty on imported automobiles, port fees, and clearing agency fees.

Keep in mind that the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) now charges based on the car’s cost and not the year.

What Is the Cost of Shipping a Car to Nigeria?

The average cost of shipping a car to Nigeria is $955 and $1650.

The Nigerian Customs Clearance fee for importing a used car is 35% duty, while shipping new cars to Nigeria will incur duties ranging from 35% to 70% of the vehicle’s value in Dollars.

The cost of shipping your car to Nigeria may vary depending on the type of vehicle, its dimensions,  the method of transport to the shipping port, such as whether you want to ship the car via container service or roll on roll off service (RO-RO) and the location of your car in the United States or where you’re shipping from.

Estimated Cost of Clearing Cars in Nigeria ( Grimaldi or sallaum)

Here’s the estimated cost of clearing cars at Apapa port using Grimaldi or Salloum

ACURA

  • Acura MDX 2010 – ₦950,000

Acura ILX 2009

  • Surface: ₦621,000
  • Total Duty: ₦795,000
  • Shipping and Terminal Charges: ₦60,000
  • Clearing Charges: ₦300,000
  • Total Cost of Clearing: ₦1,160,000

AUDI A6 2009

  • Surface: ₦621,000
  • Total Duty: ₦795,000
  • Shipping and Terminal Charges: ₦60,000
  • Clearing Charges:₦300,000
  • Total Cost of Clearing: ₦1,060,000

BUSES

  • With Electronics – ₦500,000
  • Without Electronics – ₦550,000

CHEVROLET

  • Chevy Cobalt 2008 – ₦700,000

FORD

  • Ford Explorer 2006 – ₦550,000
  • Ford Edge 2007 – ₦600,000
  • Ford Edge 2008 – ₦700,000
  • Ford Edge 2009 – ₦750,000
  • Ford Edge 2010 – ₦900,000
  • Ford Edge 2011 – ₦1,100,000
  • Ford Edge 2012 – ₦1,250,000

FORD EXPLORER 2009

  • Surface: ₦1,088,000
  • Total Duty: ₦1,392,000
  • Shipping and Terminal Charges: ₦70,000
  • Clearing Charges:₦350,000
  • Total Cost of Clearing: ₦1,800,000

HONDA

  • Honda Accord 2007 – ₦650,000

HONDA ACCORD 2008

  • Surface: ₦466,000
  • Total Duty: ₦596,000
  • Shipping and Terminal Charges: ₦60,000
  • Clearing Charges:₦140,000
  • Total Cost of Clearing: ₦800,000

HYUNDAI

  • 2009 Hyundai Elantra – ₦750,000
  • 2011 Hyundai Elantra – ₦1,000,000

HYUNDAI ACCENT 2008

  • Surface: ₦466,000
  • Total Duty: ₦596,000
  • Shipping and Terminal Charges: ₦60,000
  • Clearing Charges: ₦140,000
  • Total Cost of Clearing: ₦800,000

KIA

  • Kia Sorento 2004 – ₦450,000

KIA FORTE 2008

  • Surface: ₦466,000
  • Total Duty: ₦596,000
  • Shipping and Terminal Charges: ₦60,000
  • Clearing Charges:₦140,000
  • Total Cost of Clearing: ₦800,000

LEXUS

  • Lexus RX 330 2004 – ₦500,000
  • Lexus RX 350 2007 – ₦700,000
  • Lexus RX 350 2008 – ₦800,000
  • Lexus ES 350 2009 – ₦850,000
  • Lexus RX 350 2009 – ₦980,000
  • Lexus ES 350 2010 – ₦980,000
  • Lexus RX 350 2010 – ₦1,050,000
  • Lexus GX 350 2010 – ₦1,400,000

LEXUS ES-350 2009

  • Surface: ₦466,000
  • Total Duty: ₦596,000
  • Shipping and Terminal Charges: ₦50,000
  • Clearing Charges:₦100,000
  • Total Cost of Clearing: ₦750,000

MAZDA

  • MAZDA 6 2008 – ₦650,000

MAZDA 3 2008

  • Surface: ₦466,000
  • Total Duty: ₦596,000
  • Shipping and Terminal Charges: ₦60,000
  • Clearing Charges:₦300,000
  • Total Cost of Clearing: ₦960,000

MERCEDES BENZ

  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2000-2005 – ₦600,000
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2006 – ₦700,000
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2007/2008 – ₦850,000
  • Mercedes-Benz E300 2018 – ₦4,500,000
  • Mercedes-Benz C280 4matic 2006 – ₦600,000
  • Mercedes-Benz ML350 4matic 2007 – ₦850,000
  • Mercedes-Benz GL 450 2007 – ₦850,000
  • Mercedes-Benz C300 4matic 2009 – ₦950,000
  • Mercedes-Benz ML350 2012 – ₦1,550,000
  • Mercedes-Benz C300 2018 – ₦5,550,000

NISSAN

  • Nissan Pathfinder 2001 – ₦450,000
  • Nissan Primera 2003 – ₦450,000
  • Nissan Pathfinder 2005 – ₦500,000
  • Nissan Altima 2015 – ₦1,500,000

NISSAN MURANO 2009

  • Surface: ₦700,000
  • Total Duty: ₦895,000
  • Shipping and Terminal Charges: ₦70,000
  • Clearing Charges:₦150,000
  • Total Cost of Clearing: ₦1,100,000

PONTIAC AZTEK 2008

  • Surface: ₦466,000
  • Total Duty: ₦596,000
  • Shipping and Terminal Charges: ₦50,000
  • Clearing Charges:₦100,000
  • Total Cost of Clearing: ₦750,000

RANGE ROVER

 

  • Range Rover Evoque 2019 – ₦5,230,000

TOYOTA

  • Toyota Tacoma 2002 – ₦450,000
  • Toyota Camry LE 2002 – ₦450,000
  • Toyota Rav4 2004 – ₦500,000
  • Toyota Matrix 2005 – ₦500,000
  • Toyota Highlander 2005 – ₦550,000
  • Toyota Corolla 2005 – ₦450,000
  • Toyota Tundra 2005 – ₦550,000
  • Toyota Corolla 2006 – ₦550,000
  • Toyota Rav4 2006 – ₦600,000
  • Toyota 4Runner 2006 – ₦600,000
  • Toyota Tundra 2006 – ₦650,000
  • Toyota Sienna 2006 – ₦600,000
  • Toyota Corolla 2007 – ₦650,000
  • Toyota Camry 2007 – ₦700,000
  • Toyota Camry 2008 – ₦750,000
  • Toyota Rav4 2008 – ₦750,000
  • Toyota Highlander 2008 – ₦800,000
  • Toyota Camry 2009 – ₦850,000
  • Toyota Venza 2009 – ₦900,000
  • Toyota Corolla 2010 – ₦950,000
  • Toyota 4Runner 2011 – ₦1,050,000
  • Toyota Camry 2011 – ₦1,100,000
  • Toyota Corolla 2011 – ₦1,000,000
  • Toyota Corolla 2013 – ₦1,250,000
  • Toyota Venza 2013 – ₦1,450,000
  • Toyota Camry 2013 – ₦1,400,000
  • Toyota Camry 2015 – ₦1,500,000
  • Toyota Highlander 2014 – ₦2,000,000
  • Toyota Highlander 2015 – ₦2,350,000
  • Toyota Camry 2016 – ₦2,400,000

TOYOTA CAMRY 2009

  • Surface: ₦466,000
  • Total Duty: ₦596,000
  • Shipping and Terminal Charges: ₦50,000
  • Clearing Charges:₦100,000
  • Total Cost of Clearing: ₦750,000

TRUCK

  • Howo 12 Tyres Dump Truck 2014 – ₦2,200,000

VOLVO

  • Volvo XC90 2004 – ₦550,000
  • Volvo XC90 2008 – ₦750,000

VOLKSWAGEN CC

  • Surface: ₦466,000
  • Total Duty: ₦596,000
  • Shipping and Terminal Charges: ₦50,000
  • Clearing Charges:₦100,000
  • Total Cost of Clearing: ₦750,000

How do I Clear my Car in Nigerian Ports? 12 Steps to Clear a Car Through Nigerian Customs

1. Get a bill of lading for the vehicle

 

Your foreign shipping agent will send it to you. They can use courier services to send the original bill of lading (DHL, FedEx, etc.).

Alternatively, if you want to do “Telex Release” or “Print at Destination,” a copy of the bill of lading can be printed here in Nigeria; you can have it sent to you via email.

This document is necessary if you want to clear your car. The bill of lading contains information about the vehicle you want to clear, such as the name, year, VIN/chassis number, weight, name of the vessel, port of origin, port of discharge, as well as the shipping agent’s contact information and the consignee’s contact information in Nigeria.

2. Apply for import duty valuation

The application must be submitted on the letterhead of a Registered and Licensed Customs Clearing Agency.

A copy of the bill of lading will be attached to the application letter, which will be addressed to the Nigeria Customs office, such as TINCAN, PTML Command, etc.

As an individual, you cannot apply for this valuation directly; instead, you must go through a clearing agency.

Customs officials will write the vehicle’s dollar($) value in response to the application letter submitted physically. This value will be used to calculate the surface duty, 35%.

An additional 35% levy is levied on brand new vehicles, bringing the total to 70%.

This is how the surface duty is calculated if the dollar rate for a car is $4000.

$4000 X 35% (import duty rate) X $361 (Custom official Dollar exchange rate) = $505,400

Please remember that this is only the surface duty; you will also have to pay taxes, surcharges, and other fees, bringing the TOTAL DUTY to ₦697,957.

Terminal, shipping, and other fees will be charged, and the amount will vary depending on the size of the car and its contents.

3. Enter the valuation into the custom server

 

The next thing is to input the valuation details into the custom server. This is formally known as “Direct Trader Input (DTI).” However, it is more commonly known as [b]”Punching”[/b].

It is a one-of-a-kind procedure for submitting an electronic manifest to the Nigeria Customs Service. It can only be done through the same registered agency that applied for the valuation on letterhead paper.

At this point, the consignee’s Tax Identification Number (TIN) will also be required.

When finished, print the DTI, also known as an “Assessment Notice,” and SGD (Single Goods Declaration Form). The SGD describes the transaction, such as the type of vehicle, the terminal where it is located, the duty amount, and the car’s content, if anything is loaded in it.

4. Pay import duty

The import duty must be paid to the bank specified while punching. The assessment notice is the document required by the bank for import duty payment.

Following payment, the bank will issue a bank receipt. Some banks now accept online payment (GTB), but proof of payment must still be picked up at a branch.

5. Physical inspection and customs release

Gather all documents and deliver them to the customs office. Bank receipt, assessment notice, SGD, valuation copy, and Bill of Lading are required documents.

When the documents are submitted, they are registered, and the vehicle is scheduled for a physical examination.

This will allow them to see the car and confirm that it matches their submitted documents.

They confirm the vehicle’s make, year, and VIN/chassis number. They will also check the amount paid for duty and confirm if there is a load in the vehicle before submitting a report to the releasing officer.

At this point, if the amount paid is less than the required import duty, the vehicle may not be released because an[b] “Alert[/b]” has been placed on it until the outstanding amount is paid.

6. Print exit at the Terminal

Following the release, proceed to the Terminal with the SGD to print the exit copy; you can print this with the C-Number on the customs document. This is the most basic of the processes.

7. Release from Shipping Company

Gather all your documents to have the car released from the shipping company. Signed Original Bill of Lading, SGD, Exit copy, and signed copy of the consignee’s identity (e.g., Drivers License, International Passport, National ID, and duly stamped/signed Certificate of Incorporation for companies) are required documents.

A copy of Form C30 (Custom document allowing clearing agencies to operate) and an authority letter from the agency whose details were used to apply for valuation are also required.

The shipping company will review all of these documents and provide an estimate for shipping and terminal charges, which can be paid in cash, by POS, or by online transfer.

8. Sign Gate at Custom Office

Proceed to the gate office to register and sign. The shipping company’s Exit copy and the custom release document will be required.

They will examine the duty paid and confirm it on the system. The officer in charge will then stamp and sign your document.

9. Collect TDO (Terminal Delivery Order)

The shipping company’s payment receipt and a copy of the signed gate document are required to collect the TDO.

10. Take delivery of the vehicle on the ground

Documents can now be submitted so that the vehicle can be delivered to the open floor and cross the final Exit gate.

11. Final customs check

Before the car leaves the port, a customs officer and a shipping company official will conduct final inspections on the ground.

12. Final charges

Final fees will be paid to custom officers on duty, clearing agent’s association, omo-onile fees, and so on before the vehicle is driven out of the gate

Note: The estimated costs of clearing cars in Nigeria are peculiar to Grimaldi and Sallaum companies. Other shipping companies may have different prices.

Frequently Asked Questions about cars clearing

1. How much does it cost to clear a luxury car in Nigeria?

A 35 percent duty is currently added to the sale of your automobile, along with a 35 percent levy, bringing the total clearance cost to 70% of the vehicle’s initial cost.

2. What are custom fees?

When commodities are transferred across international boundaries, customs duty is applied as a levy or tax.

The goal of Customs Duty is to safeguard each country’s economy, inhabitants, employment, and the environment by managing the flow of commodities into and out of the country, particularly restricted and forbidden items.

3. How much does it cost to clear a Rolls Royce in Nigeria?

All of the aforementioned clearance fees, the seller’s profit margin, and freight costs to Nigeria would have boosted the price of a brand new Rolls-Royce Phantom by up to 76 percent, making a $450,000 car cost up to $790,000 in Nigeria.

In Conclusion

This article and the figures apply specifically for clearing a car at Apapa ports through the Grimaldi or Sallauma shipping companies.

The prices may vary if you’re using another shipping company. Also, the clearing costs may change since it largely depends on the Naira-dollar exchange rates.

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