2.3.3 Nigeria Katsina Land Border Crossing


Available facilities are examination bay, scanning machine and generating plant to power the scanning machines. There are no obstacles as long as the vehicle document is correct. 

Traffic is relatively heavy especially on market days. All vehicles use the same lane. Traffic leaving and entering approximately the same. 

Customs clearance is for cargo or merchandize goods. This involves examination to determine whether what is being carried corresponds to the cargo declaration in quantity and value. 

These goods are generally in 2 categories:  

- Heavy-duty trucks and trailers 

- Cars and light vehicles with small quantities of goods for petty traders. 

The former requires Form M application and presentation of Single Goods Declaration (SGD) as evidence of payment of duty. The latter are assessed by valuation unit at the HQ and given a specific amount to pay as duty depends on the type of goods and the type of vehicle used for conveyance. The carriers also require laissez passer if it’s a foreign registered vehicle. This involves a bond to make sure that after discharging the vehicle comes back and crosses to the other side. 

The only waiting time is the time it takes to finish examination. The examination is conducted jointly with other relevant government agencies. 

Border Crossing Location and Contact

Name of Border Crossing

Nigeria: JIBIA

Province or District

Katsina State

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing


55.2 KM 1 h 5 min





Managing Authority/Agency

Contact Person


Travel Times

Nearest International Airport

Mallam Aminu Kano International (MAKIA) Airport

Distance 230 km

Truck Travel Time: 6 hrs

Car Travel time: 3 hrs 30 min

Katsina airport (see note below table)

50.4 km

Truck Travel Time: 1 hr

Car Travel time: 57 min

Nearest Port


1,154 km

Truck Travel Time: 18 hrs 36 min

Car Travel time: 10 hrs

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


Distance 230 km

Truck Travel Time: 6 hrs

Car Travel time: 3 hrs 30 min

Other Information

Good road network, 4-star hotel accommodation, fuelling stations and weighing bridges available en route.

It should be noted that although Katsina has an ‘International’ airport, all but a handful of annual flight volumes are domestic, the only contributor to international flight volume is for Hajj (annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca) therefore there are no permanent customs or immigration services.

Hours of Operation (Border crossing)


12 hrs


12 hrs


12 hrs


12 hrs


12 hrs


12 hrs


12 hrs

National Holidays

May be closed on public holidays. Confirmation should be obtained from local office (contact details above)

Seasonal Constraints

Winter months December - February, rainy season May -September

Daily Capacity

Traffic is relatively heavy especially during market days as all moving vehicles uses the same route/lane. Traffic leaving or entering is almost the same.  

Customs Clearance

Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) operate the customs post. Standard documentation is required (see below).

Importation of Humanitarian Goods: for more information on customs in Nigeria, please see the following link: 1.3 Nigeria Customs Information

Exportation of Goods: 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 more information on government contactdetails, please see the following link: 4.1 Nigeria Government Contact List


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