Nigeria Update: Containerised cargo must be palletised

Tue 19 Dec 2017
Posted by: Sam Pileggi
Trade News

 Container and pallets

From the 1st January 2018, all containerised cargo destined for import into Nigeria must be palletised.

IOE&IT corporate member and expert in export certificates of conformity, XDS Solutions, provide a simple regulatory update to help ensure Institute members are prepared:

Anna- Marie Walsh, XDS Solutions SONCAP Account Manager says:

“Following the publication of revised Nigeria import and export guidelines, as mandated by the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Finance, Nigerian bound containerised cargo departing from all origin ports as from the 1st of January 2018”.

“It’s important that all IOE&IT members are aware that failure to comply with the new directive will lead to re-shipment of containerised cargo and any penalty associated with non-compliance will be borne by the local consignee”.

For more information regarding imports into Nigeria, and mandatory SONCAP Certification visit or call (+44) 01245 249002.

Exporters who are concerned about the complexities of international compliance can boost their knowledge base by enrolling staff on the Institute’s Diploma in World Customs Compliance. The pioneering 18 month to two-year online course offers part-time blended learning, with modular assessments - and leads to a full customs qualification at level 5 diploma level. You can check it out here – where you will also find details of our complete range of professional qualifications.


About XDS Solutions:

Chelmsford-based XDS Solutions was launched in 2013 to offer export managers a fast and simple way to organise SASO and SONCAP Certificates of Conformity. With more than 12 years’ experience navigating export documentation, its founders knew well the frustration felt at being unable to find a straightforward route. Instead of slow, complex, web-based conformity assessment, an XDS Account Manager personally manages every step of each client’s compliance journey.  Moving mountains to meet certification deadlines.

To discuss your firm’s export procedures, and benefit from industry leading turnaround times for issuance of SASO & SONCAP Certificates of Conformity, visit

If you would like more information on the IOEIT’s membership and training, please visit our website or contact us if you have any questions.