Items Not Valid for Foreign Exchange (Forex) in the Nigerian Fx Marketplaces

In an attempt to sustain the security of the Foreign Trade (Forex) Sector and make certain successful utilization of Foreign Exchange for the derivation of ideal rewards from merchandise and companies imported into Nigeria, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) not long ago issued a new directive in a circular it dispersed.

The directive exempts some imported merchandise and companies from the record of merchandise eligible to access Forex at the Nigerian Foreign Exchange marketplaces in purchase to foster and support nearby manufacturing of these items in the nation.

The implication of this enhancement is that importers desiring to import any of the things detailed in the aforementioned CBN’s directive would be needed to resource for Forex funds without any recourse to the Nigerian Foreign Trade market place (Interbank marketplace and BBN Intervention).

The listing of the influenced items are outlined under but may perhaps be reviewed as the require arises. On the other hand, be sure to be aware that the importation of these merchandise are not banned.

The objects consist of the adhering to:

Palm kernel/Palm oil solutions/greens oils
Meat and processed meat items
Veggies and processed vegetable goods
Poultry chicken, eggs, turkey
Personal air-planes/jets
Indian incense
Tinned fish in sauce(Geisha)/sardines
Chilly rolled steel sheets
Galvanized metal sheets
Roofing sheets
Head pans
Metallic bins and containers
Metal drums
Steel pipes
Wire rods(deformed and not deformed)
Iron rods and reinforcing bard
Wire mesh
Metal nails
Security and razor wine
Wooden particle boards and panels
Wood Fibre Boards and Panels
Plywood boards and panels
Picket doorways
Glass and Glassware
Kitchen area utensils
Tiles-vitrified and ceramic
Woven materials
Plastic and rubber items, polypropylene granules, cellophane wrappers
Cleaning soap and cosmetics
Tomatoes/tomato pastes
Eurobond/overseas forex bond/ share purchases

In our look at, we recognize Share Purchases (item 40 in the listing) to be referring to Nigerians who obtain the foreign exchange sector to make investments in international securities and not international investors who influx funds into Nigeria for the needs of expenditure.

The CBN said this was in a bid to sustain the security of the overseas trade market and guarantee the economical utilization of overseas exchange whilst encouraging nearby production of these products. The CBN also mentioned plainly that importation of these objects are not banned, having said that importers of these merchandise shall do so employing their have funds without having recourse to the Nigerian International Exchange Marketplaces.

The implication of this is that there will be lessened demand on the formal sector which implies diminished tension on the official Forex marketplace. Even so, there will be enhanced strain on the parallel Industry (Bureau de Transform). The hole concerning the parallel and the formal sector will widen and the rate for pounds in the parallel marketplace will increase. This will also lead to an maximize in the value of these things regionally for consumers and finally inflation.