This guide offers information and advice if you are moving to Nigeria.
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Moving to Nigeria
Nigerians are famously hospitable and friendly, and the diversity of cultures make for consistently interesting discoveries. There is no doubt that Nigeria has a bad reputation abroad when it comes to safety. Reports of crime, corruption and kidnapping regularly appear in the press and the endlessly inventive 419 advance fee scams pop up in most people’s email inbox.
Nigeria is currently re-branding itself under the slogan “Good people, Great nation” as local Nigerians attempt to present a different face to Africa’s most populous nation and its second most significant economy after that of South Africa.
Another frequently reported benefit of expat life in Nigeria is the camaraderie and sociability of the expat community. In Lagos or Abuja there are many sports events, social activities, restaurants and bars to enjoy, and expat social circles are mostly receptive to new members.
Many reputable companies offer shipping and air freight services to Nigeria. Costs really depend on the volume of goods sent, and the duration of time involved in shipping. Air freight services to Nigeria are the quickest, but considerably more expensive. Some companies also offer storage services and insurance on goods. Shipping to Nigeria takes up to 16 days from the UK and eastern United States.
Shipping vehicles to Nigeria is a relatively simple process. A clearance fee is paid on each vehicle and thereafter you can register the vehicle for use. Given the high price of cars in Nigeria, and the poor condition of the roads, it can be well worth importing a decent 4x4 from your home country. Alternatively, buy one through the expat community once you’ve settled in.
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