Export Market Guide - Nigeria

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All regulatory information for exporting wine to Nigeria, including the regulatory environment, duties and taxes, and permitted additives.

Nigeria is an extremely small export market for Australian wine.

Nevertheless, Nigeria’s growing middle class and established wine market present good opportunities for Australian wine in what is now Africa’s most populous and largest economy. Nigeria achieved independence from British control in 1960. It is now Africa’s most populous country and overtook South Africa to become its largest economy in 2014. Lagos is Africa’s largest city with over 21 million inhabitants. Nigeria is an English speaking country but has many regional dialects.

The economy is reliant on oil and petroleum which makes it more susceptible to global price swings but the current government is attempting to diversify the economy through agriculture, telecommunications and services.

Despite the strong economic growth, large numbers of Nigeria’s 180 million people still live in extreme poverty. The Nigerian government continues to battle longstanding ethnic and religious tensions while corruption and fiscal mismanagement remain pervasive.

Nigeria is the headquarters of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) which formed a common tariff zone on 1 January 2015 following 10 years of negotiation. Nigeria is also a member of the British Commonwealth.

A local distributor is essential in Nigeria to negotiate the complex registration that all imported food products must undergo prior to import. 

Regulatory environment

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) administers laws relating to food production, importation, safety systems, sale and registration through the Pre-Packaged Food Labelling Regulations 2005; Processed Food Registration Regulation 2004; Wine Regulations 2005 and Food Additives Regulations 2005. The establishing law is the Food and Drugs Act CAP F32, 2004 (Cap 150) of 1990 as amended by Decree 21 of 1999. The Nigeria Customs Services (NCS) administers the Customs & Excise Management Act and is responsible for the customs procedures and duty and tax collection. 


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Duties and taxes for the Nigeria market

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Wine standards for the Nigeria market

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