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

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- Heavy-duty trucks and trailers 

- Cars and Light Vehicles 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 depending depends on the type of goods and the type of vehicle used for conveyance. The carriers also required 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 cross 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. 

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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 (Note see note below table)

50.4 km

Truck Travel Time: 1 hr

Car Travel time: 57 min

Nearest Port

Lagos

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

Kano

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 is 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.

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Hours of Operation (Border crossing)

Mondays

12 hrs

Tuesdays

12 hrs

Wednesdays

12 hrs

Thursdays

12 hrs

Fridays

12 hrs

Saturdays

12 hrs

Sundays

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, etc.

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.  

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