Case Study: Temporary Admission in Nigeria

Temporary Admission in Nigeria

Temporary Admission is a customs regime used across the world every day. However, it is not implemented in the same way everywhere and in some countries it need preparation. What if you don’t have the luxury of time to prepare? What if a client want a fast delivery? Read how Alegrant’s experts have transformed a desperate situation against the odds.

The transaction: Export of production equipment in Nigeria for demonstration

A European company was sending a piece of equipment to Nigeria for a customer’s demonstration. This was an urgent request from a large company. It was critical for the sales team that the equipment be on site with the engineers to perform the demonstration. The logistics department rushed to prepare the DDP shipment to Nigeria and realised that the high value equipment would incur high import duty. They therefore asked Alegrant to advise on the transaction and help implement the solution. The potential client was expecting the equipment within a month, this became an emergency request.

The solution: Temporary Admission

To secure a suspension of import duty and taxes in Nigeria, it was decided that the best (and easier) mechanism would be to import the equipment into Nigeria under the temporary import regime. However, in Nigeria, Customs compliance requirements for this procedure require preparation and time. None of this was available from the European company.

The implementation: Alegrant’s experts in action

It was up to the Alegrant in-country expert to make every effort to accelerate the process. They applied for the authorisations to the authorities and obtained the Temporary Import Approval within two weeks. In Nigeria, such a procedure takes normally five to six weeks. This is an exploit in itself because in many countries dealing with the administration and obtaining documents can be a very lengthy process.

The local experts also set up the financial guarantee and bank bond within a day! To get such result, they sent a colleague to the bank who waited from 8.30am to 7pm after their closing time, to get the authorisation from the person in charge. 

Finally, with all authorisations, approvals, guarantees in place in time, the goods crossed the border smoothly to the logistics director’s relief and everyone’s satisfaction.

Having a local in-country expert, on the ground, will always make your transactions easier and safer. Better still, contact the local experts in advance of the transaction to avoid delays and additional border costs.

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