CBN lists procedures for obtaining bank forex for ‘banned’ 41 items

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has unveiled the necessary guidelines for getting foreign exchange from deposit money banks (DMBs) for the importation of the 41 items on the forex prohibition list.

The apex bank said the 41 items, tagged “not valid for foreign exchange”, can be sought from commercial banks, but the CBN must be in the loop on how the bank itself sourced the forex to be sold.

In its monetary, credit, foreign trade and exchange policy guidelines for 2016/2017 fiscal years, signed by Godwin Emefiele, its governor, CBN insisted that such forex must not be from interbank forex market.

“All Forms ‘M’ to be registered on the Nigerian Single Window for Trade portal for items classified by CBN as ‘Not Valid for Foreign exchange’, should be accompanied with the following documents in addition to other regulatory permits where applicable:

“Proforma invoice from the supplier, Insurance certificate (marine/cargo), written confirmation from the Authorised Dealer Bank stating the source of funds including any documentary evidence.

“In addition, Authorised Dealers are required to forward hard copies of Forms ‘M’ relating to all items ‘not valid for foreign exchange’ and the documents indicated above to the Director Trade and Exchange Department, Central Bank of Nigeria, Abuja for necessary approval before validation.”