In vertebrates, the nuclear pore complex (NPC), the gate for transport of macromolecules between the nucleus and the cytoplasm, consists of approximately 30 different nucleoporins (Nups). The Nup and SUMOE3-ligase Nup358/RanBP2 are the major components of the cytoplasmic filaments of the NPC. In this study, we perform a structure–function analysis of Nup358 and describe its role in nuclear import of specific proteins. In a screen for nuclear proteins that accumulate in the cytoplasm upon Nup358 depletion, we identified proteins that were able to interact with Nup358 in a receptor-independent manner. These included the importin α/β-cargo DBC-1 (deleted in breast cancer 1) and DMAP-1 (DNA methyltransferase 1 associated protein 1). Strikingly, a short N-terminal fragment of Nup358 was sufficient to promote import of DBC-1, whereas DMAP-1 required a larger portion of Nup358 for stimulated import. Neither the interaction of RanGAP with Nup358 nor its SUMO-E3 ligase activity was required for nuclear import of all tested cargos. Together, Nup358 functions as a cargo- and receptor-specific assembly platform, increasing the efficiency of nuclear import of proteins through various mechanisms.