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Nigeria is one of the larger African nations, with more citizens than any other country in Africa. In fact, in total population, Nigeria's 158.2 million citizens rank number seven worldwide, meaning the amount of parcels being sent to Nigeria is considerable. When it comes to the government since Nigeria's 1960 move to independence the country has closely followed the republic model popularised by the United States. The population of Nigeria is about equally divided between Muslim and Christian religious beliefs. Due to often difficult living conditions, Nigerians regularly immigrate to the United States, as well as European countries like the United Kingdom, so it could well be the case that parcels being sent from around the world are being sent back home by Nigerian expats.
Nigeria is a middle-class country and is characterised as an emerging or developing nation. The country is rich in natural resources, has its own stock exchange, as well as a reliable communications infrastructure. The US is the largest investor in Nigeria, although British companies also invest measurably in Nigeria's economy. A full 40% of Nigeria's GDP is centred around oil production. Other strong industries include telecommunications, financial sectors, natural gas, gold, lead, iron, cocoa, yams, citrus fruit and sugar. Strong manufacturing items include fabric, leather, plastics and automobiles. In a recent PayPal survey 31% of Nigerians who do not shop online cited concerns over the security of payments as a reason for not doing so, so eCommerce retailers need to resolve this issue, and install trust in the buyers by providing tracked and speedy delivery of goods. When looking for parcel delivery to all cities including Lagos, Kano, Abuja, Ibadan, Kaduna and Port Harcourt, be sure to compare the best courier services on our global shipping marketplace.
Customs advice for shipping to Nigeria
The Nigeria Customs Administration regulates importation requirements within the country. Nigerian officials are also quite clear about items that cannot be shipped in parcels or moved into the country. Prohibited items include: pasta, bottled water, cocoa products, cement powder, specific medications,ball point pens, some fabrics and soap. However, it is logical to suspect that, like other nations, there are items that will be harder to send than others. In order to determine what these items are, it may be necessary to contact the Nigeria Customs Administration. What is clear is that there are definite requirements for importation, including forms that will need to be filled out before you can ship your goods. Importation forms will ask for specific items that are included in your shipment, as well as the value, weight and origin. Preparing the forms should help you determine whether any items are restricted. While the countries religious groups coexist in a largely peaceful way, the Muslim and Christian populations are mostly segregated. If your package is being delivered to northern Nigeria, the recipient is likely Muslim, while southern Nigerians are mostly Christian.