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PAM

  • What is product Authentication mark (PAM)?

    This is a mark of quality that is affixed on all products to demonstrate their conformity to approved standards.

  • When is PAM issued?

    The mark is issued upon application by the manufacturer or importer having paid the application fee.

  • What is the application fee for PAM?

    The cost of each sticker is N3.00

  • How is the mark issued?

    The marks are issued as stickers that are specific to each product. These stickers bear security features plus a QR Code that a smart phone is able to scan and are to be issued in the same quantities commensurate to the production units.

  • How is the mark applied?

    The mark/sticker is applied on each and every product to ensure traceability and tracking and shall not be defaced in any way to ensure legibility and conspicuousness. They may be applied by hand or using suitable applicators.

  • What happens to products without PAM and are still in the market?

    Moratorium period will be given to them.

  • What happens to products that do not have the PAM stamps at point of sales after moratorium period?

    Goods that were imported with valid SONCAP Certificate prior to commencement of the programme can still apply for the PAM stamps.

  • How do we handle imported products that have no SONCAP certificate?

    The test report used to clear the goods at the point of entry will form the basis of issuance of PAM stamps and the importer will be required to submit the test report, packing list and receipt of payment of the requisite penalties for goods that are subject to destination inspection

  • In case stamps are not issued on time due to technicalities, how will SON ensure that there is no delay at the port of entry?

    Stamps don’t form clearance trail, it is after port clearance that stamps should be affixed. However, application for PAM stamps must be submitted before SON final clearance.

  • Do raw materials require PAM stickers?

    No, stickers are applied to items that will sell at a retail outlet.

  • In case stamps are not issued on time due to technicalities, how will SON ensure that there is no delay at the port of entry?

    Stamps don’t form clearance trail, it is after port clearance that stamps should be affixed. However, application for PAM stamps must be submitted before SON final clearance

  • Where will stamps be applied, at the warehouse or port of entry?

    Affixing of PAM stamps should be after clearance but before offer for sale. The fixing should be at the warehouse.

  • Do bulk imports of fertilizer and cement require PAM stamps?

    Yes, re-packaged fertilizer and cement by importer into small bags for sale will require the use of MANCAP PAM stamps.

  • Are the stamps applicable to petroleum/lubricant industries?

    Yes, it applies to all finished and packaged petroleum and lubricant products for sales.

  • For import of photocopying papers of five rims/carton. Are stamps put on carton or rim?

    Stamps shall be affixed on each rims.

    Fees: N3/stamp

    Turnaround time: 3 days upon approval of request and payment.