Objects Not Legitimate for Overseas Alternate (FX) within the Nigerian FX Markets

Objects Not Legitimate for Overseas Alternate (FX) within the Nigerian FX Markets



In an try to maintain the soundness of the Overseas Alternate (FX) Market and guarantee environment friendly utilization of Overseas Alternate for the derivation of optimum advantages from items and providers imported into Nigeria, the Central Financial institution of Nigeria (CBN) lately issued a brand new directive in a round it distributed.

The directive exempts some imported items and providers from the listing of things eligible to entry FX on the Nigerian Overseas Alternate markets to be able to foster and help native manufacturing of this stuff within the nation.

The implication of this improvement is that importers wanting to import any of the gadgets listed within the aforementioned CBN's directive can be required to supply for FX funds with none recourse to the Nigerian Overseas Alternate market (Interbank market and BBN Intervention).

The listing of the affected gadgets are outlined beneath however could also be reviewed as the necessity arises. Nevertheless, please observe that the importation of this stuff will not be banned.

The gadgets embrace the next:




Palm kernel/Palm oil merchandise/greens oils

Meat and processed meat merchandise

Greens and processed vegetable merchandise

Poultry rooster, eggs, turkey

Personal air-planes/jets

Indian incense

Tinned fish in sauce(Geisha)/sardines

Chilly rolled metal sheets

Galvanized metal sheets

Roofing sheets


Head pans

Steel packing containers and containers


Metal drums

Metal pipes

Wire rods(deformed and never deformed)

Iron rods and reinforcing bard

Wire mesh

Metal nails

Safety and razor wine

Wooden particle boards and panels

Wooden Fibre Boards and Panels

Plywood boards and panels

Wood doorways


Glass and Glassware

Kitchen utensils


Tiles-vitrified and ceramic


Woven materials


Plastic and rubber merchandise, polypropylene granules, cellophane wrappers

Cleaning soap and cosmetics

Tomatoes/tomato pastes

Eurobond/overseas foreign money bond/ share purchases

In our view, we perceive Share Purchases (merchandise 40 within the listing) to be referring to Nigerians who entry the overseas alternate market to put money into overseas securities and never overseas buyers who influx funds into Nigeria for the needs of funding.

The CBN acknowledged this was in a bid to maintain the soundness of the overseas alternate market and make sure the environment friendly utilization of overseas alternate while encouraging native manufacturing of this stuff. The CBN additionally acknowledged clearly that importation of this stuff will not be banned, nevertheless importers of this stuff shall accomplish that utilizing their very own funds with out recourse to the Nigerian Overseas Alternate Markets.

The implication of that is that there might be decreased demand on the official market which implies decreased strain on the official FX market. Nevertheless, there might be elevated strain on the parallel Market (Bureau de Change). The hole between the parallel and the official market will widen and the speed for within the parallel market will enhance. This may also result in a rise in the price of this stuff regionally for customers and in the end inflation.

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