2.3.1 Nigeria Seme Land Border Crossing


There are no particular obstacles at the border, however sections of the road to Lagos are very bad with deep potholes, muddy and flooded sections and frequently, stuck and broken-down trucks, buses and cars that result in gridlock. 

Border Crossing Location and Contact 

Name of Border Crossing 


Nigeria: Seme   

Benin: Kreke 

Province or District 

Badagry LGA, Lagos State 

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing 


15 km 


 6 22’ 55’’ N 


2 43’20’’ E 

Managing Authority / Agency 

Nigeria Customs Services 

Contact Person 



Travel Times 

Nearest International Airport 

Murtalla Mohamed Int’l Airport, Ikeja 

 33 km 

Truck Travel Time: subject to traffic congestion, poor road conditions and multiple check points: up to half day (5 hrs+) 

Car Travel time: Approximately 4 hours 

Nearest Port 


55 km 

Truck Travel Time: subject to traffic congestion, poor road conditions and multiple check pointshalf day (6 hrs+) 

Car Travel time: 3 – 5 hours 

Nearest location with functioning wholesale markets, or with significant manufacturing or production capacity 


Other Information 


There are fuel stations on the route, no weigh bridges (or need for them). The road is very rough and crowded on the Nigeria side, much better condition on the Benin side. 


Hours of Operation 















National Holidays 


Seasonal Constraints  

During peak rainy season (June, July, August) an already difficult access road from Lagos may becomes almost impassable

Daily Capacity 

Trucks and cars use the same lane. Trucks generally park and wait in a separate layby lane until dark when Nigerian truck drivers prefer to travel. Daily average for trucks through the border is 55 trucks (50 Benin to Nigeria, 5 Nigeria to Benin). There is little formality for cars or pedestrians crossing the border and most inspections of cars entering Nigeria are carried out on the many formal and informal checkpoints present for the first 15 km on the road to Lagos. 

Customs Clearance 

Importation of humanitarian goods: For more information on customs in Nigeria, please see the following link:1.3 Nigeria Customs Information  

Exportation of humanitarian goods: the requirements are Packing list, Commercial Invoice, Waybill and Export Permit from Customs. Some Items may also require approval from the Presidency. 

Other Relevant Information 

For trucks leaving Nigeria, provided all papers are in order, waiting time is generally less than 1 hour to obtain clearance to cross the border into Benin. 

For trucks entering Nigeria, Customs operate an electronic scanner that will facilitate clearance in less than an hour. In the event it is not operating manual inspections may take up to 2 hours. There is no delay on the Benin side. 

While trucks attract official attention, cars and pedestrians cross the border at will with little or no attention from customs or immigration. 

For more information on government contact details, please see the following link: 4.1 Nigeria Government Contact List 

Photos of Lagos-Seme road:



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