Report Description

Forecast Period


Market Size (2022)

USD 0.42 Billion

CAGR (2023-2028)


Fastest Growing Segment


Largest Market

North Central

Nigeria tire market is expected to be driven by several factors, such as growing demand for two-wheelers, and infrastructural projects in construction, logistics, oil, and gas sectors led by both the government and private players, during the forecast period.

Nigeria Tire Market Scope

The term “tire” refers to a ring-shaped component of a vehicle that surrounds the wheel rim to transfer weight from the axle through the wheel to the ground and provides traction on the surface over which the wheel moves. Tires are extensively used in the automotive industry. The tire market is classified based on various categories, vehicle type, demand category market, construction type, tube type, and region.

Based on vehicle type, tires are divided among passenger cars, light commercial vehicles, medium & Heavy commercial vehicles, two-wheelers, and off road vehicles (OTR). Tires are manufactured in two categories, based on which, they are segmented into radials and biases. Tires can be rebuilt or repaired from the old tire by treading onto it. This divides the market into two parts i.e., either original equipment manufacturers (OEM) or aftermarket (replacement). Further, the tire market is also divided if the tire is tubeless or contains a tube in it.

Nigeria Tire Market Overview

The Nigeria tire market is experiencing growth in the last few years due to several key factors driving the market growth, such as a rise in two-wheelers demand, and government initiatives regarding construction and logistics sectors in the country. Also, Nigeria has an abundant source of oil and gas and it has been attracting investments from several countries. This creates opportunities for truck supply and oil shipments, which directly influences the tire market.   

Moreover, the increase in the import of passenger cars in the country is driving the replacement tire market. However, imported cars are quite expensive, due to which, people are shifting toward used cars which nonetheless also helps the tire market.

Nigeria Tire Market Drivers

The demand for tires in Nigeria is driven by the demand for two-wheelers in the country. The two-wheeler market in Nigeria captures a significant automotive market. Despite the ban on two-wheelers in some of the major cities in the country due to various crimes that are related to their usage, demand for the two-wheelers is still increasing. Their growing demand is also attributed to their high fuel efficiency and easy maneuverability. Over the past few years, the import of motorcycles has been significantly driven by rising urbanization, increasing youth population, and increasing business activities. The import of two-wheelers has also led to an increase in logistics services at a smaller scale in several cities in Nigeria.

The tire market is also linked with the construction sector due to its involvement with commercial vehicles. The construction projects in Nigeria are financed by the government, public-private partnerships (PPPs), multilateral development banks, and several other entities. The Nigerian government has recently taken an external loan to develop the infrastructure of the country. This has developed the demand in subsectors associated, such as construction equipment and building materials. The demand for dump trucks, dredgers, excavators, and other such vehicles, is rising significantly, fueling the demand for tires in commercial vehicles and off-road vehicles.

Nigeria has abundant sources of oil and gas reserves, and the government is now taking steps to attract investors to exploit the resources for extraction and production. This offers opportunities for the supply and services sectors as well. Within the oil sector, downstream sectors are benefiting the tire industry since downstream subsectors mostly involve the logistics companies, which are involved in the transportation of fuel and service stations. This is increasing the demand for medium and heavy commercial vehicles in the oil sector, which is further dependent upon the tire industry.  

Nigeria Tire Market Trends

The demand for replacement tires is rising in Nigeria due to several reasons. Nigeria mostly consists of middle-class and lower-class income people. The price of automobiles is increasing continuously in Nigeria due to high import duties and taxes. The higher price of vehicles is shifting people’s preferences to own a used vehicle instead of a new vehicle. The used vehicle’s tire damages at a faster rate than a newer one, therefore, requiring early tire replacements. Moreover, the road infrastructure of Nigeria consists of mostly rough terrains which drastically decreases the life of a tire.

There is an increase in new local manufacturers and assemblers in the country due to higher vehicle prices. The government has taken some initiatives to boost local manufacturing to decrease vehicle prices in the country. In 2021, the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) in collaboration with Stallion Group unveiled the locally manufactured electric car in Nigeria. All these developments are dependent on auxiliary industries, such as tires, belts, and lights. Therefore, improvement in the automotive industry in Nigeria is directly leading to growth in the tire market.

Nigeria Tire Market Challenges

Poor infrastructure is one of the major challenges for the tire market in Nigeria. There are very few vehicle assembly plants operational as compared to the number of licensed plants. And among those who are operational, they are operating and producing at very low capacity due to forex challenges, infrastructure, electricity deficiency, and capacity gaps. This has led to several automakers shifting their plants to nearby countries and exporting from there. The disruption in this whole manufacturing chain is dampening the tire industries in Nigeria.

Inconsistency in government policies and corruption in the whole system has always been the challenge for tire companies operating in Nigeria. Manufacturing tires in Nigeria is quite difficult to carry out given the poor infrastructure and resources for it. The automotive market already depends heavily on importation. Many times, the Nigerian government has slashed duty on tire import thereby increasing the influx of tires into the country. This has resulted in the shutdown of local manufacturing plants due to cost competitiveness as they were already struggling with a poor support system.

Nigeria Tire Market Opportunities

Despite several hurdles in Nigeria toward manufacturing and running a business, the country presents itself with some untapped opportunities for the tire market. The two-wheeler market has been increasing continuously, owing to their versatility on the poor road infra in the country. They have been in demand even though they are banned in some of the major cities.

Many companies have recognized an active market in Nigeria that requires some specific conditions, such as tire pressure monitoring indicator which will help in preventing deflation and puncture over rough terrains. Therefore, there is also space for development and innovation in the country’s tire market. Apart from this, there is also an increasing market for used vehicles, which is creating opportunities for replacement tires in the country.

Moreover, the logistics and supply chain sectors are among the fastest-growing sectors in the country. This is due to the government's investments in the infrastructural development of railways, airways, manufacturing, and exports, and a rise in e-commerce activities is also observed in the last few years. Extraction and production from the oil and gas sector are also rising in the country, which further creates opportunities for logistics and supply chains. All these developments are creating demand for commercial vehicles which depends upon the tire industry. Therefore, there is a huge demand for tires that are used in commercial vehicles.