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Shipping Vehicles From USA to Nigeria – Everything you need to know

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Shipping a car from the United States to Nigeria can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $7,000. The cost depends on the size of the car and the distance from the US port. The shipping time also varies based on the shipping method you choose. Priority Ocean Shipping can take 6 to 8 weeks, Standard Ocean Shipping can take 8 to 12 weeks, and some companies offer weekly shipping with delivery in 6 to 9 weeks.

Before you start the process of shipping a car from the US to Nigeria, Africa, you need to get a free estimate. We will need your year and make/model of the car, as well as the destination country and pickup Zip Code to get the most accurate pricing.

Ship Your Car to Lagos

Lagos is the most populous city in Nigeria as well as on the entire African continent. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the world and one of the most populous urban areas, it’s no wonder Lagos is one of the largest and busiest seaports on the continent. This mega city has the fourth-highest GDP in Africa. The Lagos Port Complex is also known as the Premiere Port (Apapa Quays), the first and largest port in Nigeria. It’s located in Apapa, the commercial centre of Nigeria, and was established in 1913.

Shipment Method for Shipping a Car to Nigeria

Our shipping vessels depart on a weekly basis from all five U.S. seaports listed above to the Lagos port. We do not offer container shipping from the U.S. to Nigeria, only RoRo shipping.

Shared Container Shipping

One of the most common options is to use a container ship to transport multiple vehicles. This method is more affordable, but it requires that the whole container be filled with other cars before it can be loaded and transported.

Your departure date can’t be guaranteed. If you choose this method, you might have to wait for a week or more to see if the container will be full of more cars. This method also allows you to pack additional items inside your vehicle.

Unlike RoRo, this method does not require your vehicle to be working. Also, it’s a valid option for people who own classic cars that need to be transported to Nigeria. If you have two or more vehicles that need to be transported to the country, this is a good choice.

Exclusive Container Shipping

Exclusive container shipping will cost you more but your car is the only one in the container – great news if you have exotic, expensive or rare vehicles like Bentleys, Ferraris, Aston Martins, etc. When you want special treatment for your “baby,” shipping exclusive is the way to go.


• You can ship vehicles that do not work.
• You can include personal belongings along with your car.
• Each container holds a single vehicle.

RoRo Shipping (Roll On/Roll Off)

If your vehicle is in working condition and you plan on shipping it to Nigeria, RoRo shipping is a good choice. This method is very efficient and cost-effective, as it provides you with reliable and predictable arrival and departure dates. All of your cars are tied to the deck and protected from the elements.

One of our most popular options is Roll On/Roll Off, which is very affordable and convenient. It can be used for various types of wheeled vehicles such as cars, boats, campers, and buses. Keep in mind that these have to be able to be driven on their own.

How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Car to Nigeria?

The basic cost to ship a car from all five U.S. ports to Nigeria is $1,335. But these are not final prices, as some factors may change the price you pay a bit.

  • Your final price may change with the area of the USA from which your car is being shipped. For instance, it costs less to ship from the East Coast than from the West Coast. So it will cost more if you are departing out of Freeport TX than Newark, NJ. 
  • Your final price may change with the method chosen to get your car to the U.S. port. Some people live close to the departure port and decide to take their own car there. This costs less. Some people live too far from the nearest port and would rather pay our truck drivers to transport their car from their home to the port. This costs more.  
  • Your final price may change with the size of your vehicle. In general, it costs more to ship a larger car than a smaller one. So you won’t pay as much to ship a compact car as you would a truck or SUV. 

Only once we have that info from you, can we estimate costs more precisely.

Drive your car to the port yourself rather than have us pick it up from your home.

Departure Port to NigeriaApproximate Price
Ship Car from Wilmington, Delaware to Nigeria$970 – $1300
Ship Car from Newark, New Jersey to Nigeria$970 – $1650
Ship Car from Baltimore, Maryland to Nigeria$970 – $1350
Ship Car from Savannah, Georgia to Nigeria$995.00 – $1300
Ship Car from Jacksonville, Florida to Nigeria$995 – $1350
Ship Car from Galveston, TX to Nigeria$1095.00 – $1450
Ship Car from Long Beach, CA, California to Nigeria$1650 to $1850.00 (Shared container only)

Departure and Arrival Ports

The departure ports from the USA to Nigeria include:

  • Newark, NJ
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Savannah, GA
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Freeport, TX

There is only one arrival port in Nigeria: the Port of Lagos. Also known as the Premiere Port (Apapa Quays), the Port of Lagos is the first and largest Port in Nigeria. Located in Apapa, Lagos State, this is the commercial hub of the country, established in 1913.

How Duty Calculated in Nigeria

*7% Surcharge = 7% of Base Duty
*0.5% TLS ( Ecowas Levy ) = 0.5% of CIF Value
*1% CISS ( Inspection Fee ) = 1.0% of FOB Price
*5% VAT = 5% of ( CIF + Duty + Surcharge + TLS + CISS )
C = Cost (FOB Value)
I = Insurance
F = Freight

How Long Does it Take?

It takes about three weeks for your car to get to Nigeria.

Documents Required to Ship a Car to Nigeria

You will need the following documents to ship a car to Nigeria: Original Title,ID

Shipping Cars for Military

We don’t ship cars for the military to Nigeria at this time.

Salvage Titles

Nigeria accepts salvage titles.

Vehicle Age Limit

Ask your Customs broker. While there is a vehicle age limit for shipping cars to Nigeria, there is a workaround.

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