MISLEADING INFORMATION ON THE SONCAP REGIME

The attention of the Management of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria has been drawn to an online publication titled “How NESREA Clearance Permit replaces SONCAP” by Vagmon Integrated Services on April 23, 2018.

The publication is false and misleading on the approved import regime in Nigeria in its entirety. The SONCAP Certificate is one of the requirements for the processing of NESREA Environmental Import Clearance and Certification of Importers of Used Electrical Electronic Equipment, as can be verified on the Agency’s website.

It is instructive to note that the latest “Import Guidelines, Procedures and Documentation Requirements under the Destination Inspection in Nigeria” dated March 2017 and signed by the Honourable Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun provides as follows;

  • Part B

IMPORT PROCEDURES (1) Duly completed e-Form ‘M’ shall be submitted electronically to an authorised Dealer Bank with the following attached documents: (c) Regulatory Certificate/Permits (e.g. NAFDAC, SON, DPR, NPQS etc)

  • Part M

DOCUMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED BY THE IMPORTER TO THE PROCESSING BANK AFTER CLEARANCE OF GOODS (xi) SONCAP Certificate for SON regulated products.

Furthermore, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria Act No. 14 of 2015 provides in Part III (5) (h) provides that the organisation “Establish an Import and Export product Surveillance, Certification and Conformity Assessment Scheme” which is SONCAP.

Part III (5) (v) (2) provides thus “For purposes of uniformity of Standards in Nigeria, all Regulatory Agencies or Organisations dealing with matters pertaining to or related to standards shall do so in collaboration with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria”.

The SONCAP procedure is implemented under the Comprehensive Import Supervision Scheme (CISS) and requires Importers to obtain and attach SON Product Certificate to all e- Form ‘M’ as indicated in the import guidelines without which Banks will not open a letter of credit for importation of any SON regulated product.

In view of the above, the Management of SON wish to warn all Importers and Stakeholders in the import business including but not limited to Freight Forwarders and Clearing Agents to adhere strictly to the import regime and SONCAP guidelines or face the full weight of the law.

 

 

 

Signed
Management
Standards Organisation of Nigeria
…improving life through Standards



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