26 items that remain banned despite border reopening (list)


The minister of finance, Zainab Ahmed, who announced the reopening of the four borders, added that the remaining ones will be reopened on or before Thursday, December 31.


Ahmed, however, noted that the ban on importation of rice, poultry, among others remained enforced despite the reopening.

In this piece, Legit.ng lists all the items that are banned from being imported to Nigeria, according to Nigeria Customs Service.

1. Rice

2. Live or dead birds like frozen poultry

3. Pork and beef

4. Bird’s eggs, excluding hatching eggs

5. Refined vegetable oils and fats (includes mayonnaise)

6. Cane or beet sugar and chemically pure sucrose

7. Spaghetti/noodles

8. Cocoa Butter, Powder and Cakes

9. Fruit juice in retail packs

10. Waters, including mineral waters and aerated waters, but excluding energy or health drinks and beer and stout

11. Bagged cement

12. Medicaments such as paracetamol tablets and syrups, Cotrimoxazole, Metronidazole, Chloroquine, etc.

13. Mineral or chemical fertilisers containing two or three of the fertilising elements nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, excluding organic fertiliser

14. Soaps and detergents

15. Mosquito repellant coils

16. Rethreaded and used tyres but excluding used trucks tyres for rethreading of sized 11.00 x 20

17. Corrugated paper and paper boards, excluding baby diapers and incontinence pads for adult use and exercise books

18. Telephone recharge cards and vouchers

19. Carpets and other textile floor coverings

20. All types of footwear, bags and suitcases, excluding safety shoes used in oil industries, sports shoes, canvas shoes

21. Hollow glass bottles of a capacity exceeding 150mls of all kinds used for packaging of beverages by breweries and other beverage and drink companies

22. Used compressors, used air conditioners, used fridges/freezers

23. Used motor vehicles above fifteen (15) years from the year of manufacture

24. Ballpoint pens and parts including refills

25. Tomato paste or concentrate put up for retail sale

26. Waste pharmaceuticals

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