Wednesday, June 14, 2023


The Nigeria Customs Service has issued a statement indicating the conditional removal of the ban on the export of processed wood, charcoal, and other related products.

In a circular dated June 8, 2023, with reference numbers T&T/2023/CIRCULAR NO.8, Assistant Comptroller General of Customs, Musa MBA, on behalf of the Comptroller General, confirmed the lifting of the administrative ban on the export of processed wood, charcoal, and other related goods, effective immediately.

The circular states the following: “I am directed to forward herewith copy of the Federal Ministry of Finance letter Ref: No.F.17545/T/9 dated 5” Jun 23 on the above subject matter.

“The letter which is self-explanatory confirms that the administrative ban placed on the export of processed wood, charcoal and other allied products is hereby lifted with immediate effect.

“However, threatened plants classified as endangered species (CITES listed), including Rosewood (Pterocarpus erinaremainremains prohibited from being exported.

“Consequent upon the foregoing, all requests for the Exportation of Processed Wood, Charcoal and other Allied Products, must be supported with a letter of approval obtained from the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning.

“Furthermore, in addition to strict compliance with the provisions of the extant guidelines for non-oil export, you are directed to collaborate with the Forest Officers at the ports and borders for proper identification and prevention of exportation of prohibited wood products”

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