The Association of the Nigerian Licensed Customs Agent (ANCLA) has pledged it’s full support to the Standards Organisation of Nigeria ((SON)
in it’s bid to curb the menace of substandard products circulation in Nigeria.

This pledge was made by the  ANCLA Vice President, Dr.  Kayode Farinto when the led newly elected Executive members of the Association on a courtesy visit to the Director General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Osita Aboloma Esq. at the SON operational Headquarters, Lekki, Lagos.

Dr. Farinto said this will be achieved through  strengthen of SON port operations, devoid of unnecessary bottlenecks in order to guarantee seamless clearance of cargo from Nigerian ports.

“We shall take steps to sensitize Importers and our members on the ills of substandard products to the economy of the Nation and the danger to the lives and well being of our fellow country men”, he said.

The ANCLA Vice President said the Association has constituted a SON liaison Committee headed by Chief Sam Tobi to improve existing cordial relationship and facilitate a two way communication between both organisations, in order to promote greater synergy and conformity to standards.

He stated that the Association will henceforth discourage the clearance of products
that do not conform to standards nor possess the required product and SONCAP certifications from the Nigerian Ports.

Earlier in his welcome remarks, the SON Chief Executive acknowledged the existing cordial relationship between the ANCLA former Executive Members  and his organisation and promised ensure improved synergy with the new Executives towards reduction in the importation and clearance of substandard products from Nigerian seaports.

Aboloma stated that SON has embarked on various innovations and deploying electronic technology to streamline its processes at the ports, so as to make clearing a seamless activity, by reducing human interface to the barest minimum.

He admonished the maritime stakeholders to be truthful and avoid false declaration of goods during the clearance process at the ports and urge them to ensure that products being imported into the country meet the required standards.

Also contributing, the Director, Inspectorate and Compliance, SON, Engr. Obiora Manafa re-emphasized the need to increase awareness on the part of importers and clearing agents to bring down the incidence of substandard goods drastically.

He stated the need to continually ensure proper education of operators in the maritime business as a critical sector of the economy.

According to him, SON is set to embark  on a series of awareness programmes in cites with major seaport activities before the end of the year.

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