6 February 2015

Hafiz Adewuyi

Shipping costs (prices) in Nigeria - EMS, NIPOST, Speedpost, DHL

Of recent, I've been wondering about what it takes (logistically/financially) to ship items by post from within Nigeria. After some meticulous googling, I managed to come up with the following resources that will definitely be of use to someone who is looking to send items by post in Nigeria.

I hope this piece comes in handy in someone's research; to save someone else the hours I spent scouring the web for these valuable but unfortunately, well-hidden resources.


1. EMS SpeedPost Online Price Calculator

With this tool, any one with access to the internet can calculate the shipping cost of their items. The variables one will need to choose/supply to use the tool are as follows:

EMS Nigeria Shipping Cost Calculator
EMS Nigeria shipping cost calculator



Region 

This specifies whether the shipment is a Local or an International one.

Service type

The available options are Airpost Express > Speedpost > Speedpost Economy arranged in descending order of cost. Find more details on each of the available service options here.

Destination

This specifies the range of the distance between shipping source and intended destination. The options are:
  • Direct
  • Intra-city
  • Intra-state
  • Intra-region
  • National
Unfortunately, I have yet to come upon an document that adequately defines each of the categories. Let's agree that I owe you a trip to the post office.

Item Type

The options are:

  • Document: I believe this to be self-defining. However, for benefit of doubt;
  • Merchandise: Any item that cannot be described as a document, e.g. Remy hair.

Weight

This specifies the weight of the shipment item. Because a sensitive scale is not a common household item around here, I tend to use a roll of Superbite (beef roll in Nigeria) as reference in estimating item weights. A roll of Superbite has weight = 90g (0.09kg).

Click the Calculate button to get the estimated cost of your intended shipment (VAT inclusive).

2. NIPOST Parcel Post Rates Page



NIPOST Parcel Post
NIPOST Parcel Post


Click here to visit the page for more information. My belief is that the regions here apply to the Intra-region destination type option in the EMS speedpost pcalculator. Now, I'm not even sure if this service is still being offered by NIPOST. Well, let's add that to the list of reasons to visit the neighbourhood (UNILAG) post-office soon.

Funnily, this page is not accessible present on the menu of the NIPOST website. Also, it happens to be on an entirely different domain from the website. This is the main reason for my dubiousness of the page.

3. EMS Speedpost Prices Page


The location of this page is the definition of obscure and buried under rubble. Since it looks like it can be taken down any day, I decided to help you by capturing the local shipping rates.

EMS Nigeria local shipping rates as at February 2015
EMS Nigeria local shipping rates as at February 2015

Someone, please explain to me why this link is not on the NIPOST menu; smh. I and my fellow web developer brothers out there tend to wreak a world of confusion on the web.

EDIT 2 (25 Jan 2017): I just found this NIPOST website page which contains EMS Speedpost and EMS International shipping rates. Looks like they finally stepped up and moved the data to a non-obscure page. Also, the old link where the data previous sat is no longer accessible.

P.S.


 EMS Speedpost Prices menu leads to blank page
EMS Speedpost Prices menu leads to blank page

By the way, this Prices menu item (which currently links to a blank page) should link to the calculator. Like duh!!!

EDIT 1 (25 Jan 2017): This is the most popular article on my website. It brings in over 70% of the daily traffic to my website. Recently, I got myself interested in website traffic analytics and I found out that "DHL shipping price" is one of the top keywords for which my site ranks high. That discovery led me to go searching for DHL price information. I found something, and here it is:

4. DHL Global Express Price Calculator


Good news! You don't have to go to a DHL office to know how much it will cost you to ship either locally or internationally from Nigeria. Click here to get a price quote for your shipment.

dhl-express-price-calculator
DHL Global Express Price Calculator

To get an accurate price quote from the DHL price calculator, you will need to have the following data on hand:

  • The weight of the shipment in kg (kilogrammes)
  • The width of the shipment in metric units (cm)
  • The length of the shipment in metric units (cm)
  • The height (depth) of the shipment in metric units (cm)

The width, length and height of the item are required to compute the volumetric weight of the item. The shipping price is then computed using the effective weight of the item. The effective weight of the item is the larger of its actual weight and volumetric weight.

5. UPS Price Calculator

Are you considering using UPS for your next shipment? Check out the UPS online shipping price calculator here to get a quote. Apart from showing you the price, the UPS delivery quote also contains an estimated delivery date, which is based on the estimated number of days which the shipment would spend in transit. 

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2 March 2016 at 14:35 delete This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
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21 March 2016 at 01:04 delete

Hafiz,
Thanks for making this effort. It has really helped. Though I have visited the ems page and I have seen the online calculator button but i have never bothered to click on it because most buttons on the site are null links.
All the items that i have shipped previously had been under 0.5kg but i wanted to know the cost of shipping something greater than 1.5kg

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21 April 2016 at 19:18 delete

Hello please how long does it take to ship

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24 April 2016 at 10:29 delete

Hello Utibe,

From what I gather from here (http://www.emsng.net/Services.aspx), you have the option of choosing between Express and Economy service depending on how fast you want your parcel to reach its destination.

Express: Six(6) hours to the major Nigerian cities of Abuja, Lagos, Port harcourt, Benin, Enugu and Calabar

Economy: 48 hours

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14 July 2016 at 21:07 delete

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Prof
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28 July 2016 at 16:09 delete

I want to know how much it will cost to move a document parcel from Enugu to Ibadan and Benin City.

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Anonymous
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3 August 2016 at 10:34 delete

Thanks for the info Hafiz.

Is it official for NIPOST to charge/kg when you recieve an item through them?

If yes, what's the rate like please.

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23 August 2016 at 11:17 delete

Still wondering how I'll receive goods from Holland and ship to Benin. Nigeria matter don tire me..what a failing nation in everything from electricity to water provision to a standard state owned courier service.

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Unknown
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22 September 2016 at 11:22 delete

This people can't change, when look for job and find one is problems but they can only put blames on the nations president ask them in their small office are performing in their duty no , I send an item through ems Nigeria to USA on the 7th sep up to this date is not yet delivered is up to 20days.

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26 September 2016 at 13:18 delete

Pls how much do they charge for 1kg of parcel to u.k

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Anonymous
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17 October 2016 at 11:03 delete

Questions unanswered here...nah wa o

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Anonymous
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25 October 2016 at 13:45 delete

the website links have been made available above. Go there and gather the info you need. Click on the non-black coloured font.

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Emma
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12 November 2016 at 21:43 delete

Thanks for this great information as this is what I just need. I want to send something from Lagos and I feel it is safer than just doing a waybill with these transport companies.
Thanks once more

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Anonymous
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14 November 2016 at 00:50 delete

Please have you received the goods you are expecting in the is? Iam expecting a parcel for 2 weeks now. No information on it.

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14 November 2016 at 03:53 delete

I would recommend that you contact the sender for package tracking information, since you're not the one who initiated the postal.

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19 November 2016 at 05:44 delete

Pls how much do they charge for 0.5kg of products from philippines to nigeria and how long it takes to reach in destination in nigeria..

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19 December 2016 at 09:33 delete

God bless u Hafiz for the wonderful info.....You'll never how useful this is to me

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19 December 2016 at 20:06 delete

Yay. Thanks for the feedback. Now I'm scrambling to work on the next useful blog post.

Once again, thank you for letting me know this was of use to you

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28 December 2016 at 18:57 delete

Hi Hafiz,
Pls how much would it cost to send 0.5kg and 1kg parcel from Nigeria (Kano) to New Delhi (India)?

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11 January 2017 at 00:25 delete

Hello Grace, based on my calculation from the EMS speedpost page, this will cost you N16065 naira

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17 January 2017 at 09:47 delete

Pls how much does it cost to send a 1kg doc to the UK from Nigeria?

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Tito
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17 January 2017 at 09:47 delete

Pls how much does it cost to send a 1kg doc to the UK from Nigeria?

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17 January 2017 at 10:14 delete

Go to the page at the link to find out:

http://www.emsng.com/Online_Calculator.aspx

From my calculation, it costs just a little over 11000 Naira via EMS Speedpost

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6 February 2017 at 22:39 delete

pls i need you help, i got a parcel from united states, just a phone and letter is there, and they are requiring 23,000 naira to collect it, is that right and i can i go about it cos i really had an arguement with them

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6 February 2017 at 22:40 delete

pls i need you help, i got a parcel from united states, just a phone and letter is there, and they are requiring 23,000 naira to collect it, is that right and i can i go about it cos i really had an arguement with them

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7 February 2017 at 20:40 delete

In my days of receiving shipments, I had these experiences as well.

This seems totally shady and that amount exorbitant since the sender of the package paid anyway.

I would recommend one of the following lines of action:
- Contact CPC (Consumer Protection Cancel)
- Contact Servicom

I don't know how effective that will be but it's worth giving a try.

Let me know how it goes.

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7 February 2017 at 21:13 delete

How much will it cost me to send a document from Nigeria to Germany through DHL?

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7 February 2017 at 22:24 delete

Hi David Ogechi, please open the link to the DHL price calculator. You can find this in section 4 of the article.

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21 February 2017 at 11:08 delete

Please I received a package from France and it has already been paid for but I was called up from Lagos and asked to come with a particular amount of money, am.I.supposed to pay again? Since the sender has already paid for that.

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22 February 2017 at 16:51 delete

Hi Michael,

How much is is to send parcel from nigeria to canada around 5 kg.? Have you heard of On time courier service? What's the best courier to use in Lagos area that is secure?

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22 February 2017 at 17:00 delete

Hi Hafiz,
I need your help. How much is the cost to send parcel from Lagos to Canada for 3 days with 6kg weight for any courier like EMS or DHL. Is there extra cost for insurance coverage and how much? Is insurance required?
Have you heard of On time courier service affiliated with Scarlet? Is this legit?
thank you

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23 February 2017 at 09:07 delete

Pls is it possible to cargo or ship items like dry fish to the USA?

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23 February 2017 at 09:50 delete

Hi Olusola,

I would advise your contact the call centre of any of the logistics companies listed in the article (NIPOST, DHL, EMS) to get an answer to this enquiry. You can let us know what they say once done through a comment here so others can be informed as well.

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23 February 2017 at 09:54 delete

Hi Flora,

In my days of receiving shipments, I had these experiences as well. If you look through the few last comments on this thread also, you would notice that you're not the only one who has had this challenge.

The idea seems totally shady since as you said, the sender already paid for shipping and receiving a parcel is expected to be cost free.

I would recommend one of the following lines of action:
- Contact CPC (Consumer Protection Cancel)
- Contact Servicom

I don't know how effective that will be but it's worth giving a try.


Please let us know how it goes as your experience will be useful for others who find themselves in a similar situation in the future.

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Jane
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15 March 2017 at 17:36 delete

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16 March 2017 at 13:39 delete

Hi Hafiz,

kindly i would like to know how many days it take to deliver from amsterdam to nigeria exactly kano through post office its a small oackage no reach 0.5kg

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aliuss
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16 March 2017 at 13:40 delete

Hi Hafiz,

kindly i would like to know how many days it take to deliver from amsterdam to nigeria exactly kano through post office its a small oackage no reach 0.5kg

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9 April 2017 at 17:52 delete

Hello, what is the cost of shipping an item (0.5kg) to river state?

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Elpistol
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14 April 2017 at 08:22 delete

Pls hafiz....Where and how will i get to send three slippers palm to my brother in usa...Do you have idea of site or # to call for more details?.....Thanks

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Elpistol
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14 April 2017 at 08:22 delete

Pls hafiz....Where and how will i get to send three slippers palm to my brother in usa...Do you have idea of site or # to call for more details?.....Thanks

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17 April 2017 at 08:31 delete

I've really been trying to get the best and fastest option to ship a package of 32pcsof t-shirts to Oklahoma USA as soon as tomorrow, but I'm still very puzzled about how and what the cost will be. Any help please?

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17 April 2017 at 16:49 delete

Hmm. I wish I knew someone who has experience with this. Anyway. Good luck finding a solution to this problem. I hope you've already approached some of the more well-known logistics companies in Lagos. I'd like to hear what you've tried so far.

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18 April 2017 at 08:15 delete

Yeah. Thanks a lot brother. I spoke to someone I know who works with NiPOST and he said I could use EMS. I'll be checking at their office today. Thanks

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18 April 2017 at 11:52 delete

someone sent an item of about 5kg to me from London to Kaduna airport.
since I'm in Lagos, the customer service demand I pay #27500 for home delivery from kaduna to Lagos. pls is this true.

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3 May 2017 at 14:06 delete

How much does it cost to send parcel from nigeria to Germany around 20 kg.? Have you heard of On time courier service? What's the best courier to use in Abuja area that is secure?

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3 May 2017 at 15:42 delete

How much does it cost to send parcel from nigeria to Germany around 20 kg.? Have you heard of On time courier service? What's the best courier to use in Abuja area that is secure?

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6 May 2017 at 08:32 delete

I can't find Australia on the EMS calculator, please how do i go about calculating shipment price from Nigeria to Australia

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2 June 2017 at 02:10 delete

This is a very good compilation, thanks so much for this. This will be of great help to me as I am working on my online store and really want to use NIPOST for shipping around the World.
I will come back to read in details and will be asking you some little questions as I try to integrate them please.
Thanks so much

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2 June 2017 at 02:12 delete

Shipping to Rivers State, your best bet might be Agofure Motors/Logistics, affordable and quite reliable

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SunMic
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23 June 2017 at 12:43 delete

This help me slot.
Thank you

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