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SONCAP
 
SONCAP is a pre-shipment verification of conformity to Standards process used to verify that products to be imported into Nigeria are in conformity with the applicable NIS or approved equivalents, and technical regulations before shipment. Under the SONCAP regime, imports are required to undergo verification and testing at country of supply (Exporting) and a SONCAP Certificate (SC) issued demonstrating that the products meet the applicable standards and regulations or a Non-Conformity Report (NCR) where the goods do not comply.
 
SONCAP OBJECTIVES
 
The objectives of the programme include but are not limited to the following:
 
  • Ensure that regulated products comply with the NIS or approved standards prior to export to Nigeria
  • Provide a level playing field in terms of quality for both regulated and locally manufactured products in order to prevent unfair competition
  • Prevent the dumping of substandard goods into the Nigeria market and as a result preventing economic loss to the importer and the nation at large
  • Impede loss of lives and property including foreign exchange bearing in mind that the exporting country/Exporter have been paid for the goods shipped into Nigeria
  • Forestall any adverse reaction (such as environmental pollution occasioned by destruction of substandard products) by regulatory Agencies on arrival of such goods in Nigeria
  • Facilitate trade through fast track clearance of goods at the ports
  • Encourage genuine investors and investments in Nigeria
  • Promote made in Nigeria products
  • Conserve foreign exchange.
 
 
SCOPE
 
In order to encourage quality and competition that will enable exporters, importers and the consumers at large have free access to desired quality/professional services as well as enable the operating parties aspire to achieve the common objectives of SONCAP, the IAFs are free to operate in every area of their competence and at any location in the world.
 
 
WHAT DOES SONCAP REGULATES:
 
The current regulated includes all imported goods to be regulated by SONCAP except the following:
  • Food products
  • Drugs (Medicines)
  • Medicals other than equipment and machines
  • Chemicals used as raw material by bona fide manufacturers
  • Military wares & equipment
  • Goods classified as contraband by the Federal Government of Nigeria
  • Used products other than automobiles
CUSTOMS
 
The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) is an independent agency under the supervisory oversight of the Nigerian Ministry of Finance, responsible for the collection of customs revenue collection and anti-smuggling efforts
Customs Guide lines 
  1. Any person intending to import physical goods into Nigeria shall in the first instance process Form "M" through any Authorized dealer bank irrespective of the value and whether or not payment is involved;
  2. The initial validity period of an approved e-Form "M" for general merchandise shall be 180 days, which may be extended for 180 days by the Authorized Dealer. For capital goods, the initial validity of an approved e-Form "M" shall be 365 days subject to a maximum extension of another 365days. However, any subsequent request for subsequent revalidation of e-Form "M" shall be forwarded to the Director Trade and Exchange Department, Central Bank of Nigeria, for consideration.
  3. Supporting documents shall be clearly marked "Valid For Forex/Not Valid for Forex" as appropriate i.e. depending on whether or not foreign exchange remittance would be involved.
  4. All goods to be imported into the country shall be labeled in ENGLISH in addition to any other language of transaction; otherwise the goods shall be confiscated.
For more details Customs guidelines, please view    https://www.customs.gov.ng/Guidelines/Destination_Inspection/guidelines.php
 
CUSTOM PROHIBITED ITEMS
  1. Live or Dead Birds including Frozen Poultry.
  2. Pork, Beef
  3. Birds Eggs
  4. Cocoa Butter, Powder and Cakes 
  5. Spaghetti/Noodles 
  6. Fruit Juice in Retail Packs
 
For details on customs prohibited items please view https://www.customs.gov.ng/ProhibitionList/import.php
 
 
NAFDAC
 
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) is a Nigerian government agency under the Federal Ministry of Health that is responsible for regulating and controlling the manufacture, importation, exportation, advertisement, distribution, sale and use of food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, chemicals and packaged water.
 
NAFDAC GUIDELINES FOR IMPORTATION OF DIFFERENT PRODUCTS IN NIGERIA.
 
These guidelines are for the interest of the general public. It is necessary to emphasize that no Processed Food, Drug, Chemical and Herbal shall be manufactured, imported, exported, advertised, sold or distributed in Nigeria unless it has been registered in accordance with Provisions Of Decree 19 of 1993 as amended by Food, Drugs and Related Products (Registration) Decree No. 20 of 1999
 
GUIDELINES FOR IMPORTATION OF CHEMICALS
  1. These guidelines are intended for person(s), companies and other stake holders involved in any act of importation of chemicals into Nigeria.
  2. These guidelines are for obtaining permit to import industrial, consumable, laboratory, agricultural and restricted chemicals controlled under international conventions
  3. These guidelines are also for obtaining permit to clear chemicals restricted and controlled under international conventions into Nigeria.  
 
 
For guide lines for importation of Herbal please view http://www.nafdac.gov.ng/images/GUIDELINES/HERBALS/GUIDE34...
 
GUIDELINES FOR IMPORTATION OF FOODS 
  1. These guidelines are for the interest of the general public and in particular food industries in Nigeria.
  2. It is necessary to emphasize that, no food product shall be manufactured, imported, exported, advertised, sold or distributed in Nigeria unless it has been registered in accordance with the provisions of ACT CAP F33 LFN 2004  (formerly decree 19 of 1993) and the accompanying guidelines. 
 
For details on guidelines for importation of foods please view http://www.nafdac.gov.ng/images/PDF_DOCS/Guidelines/Food_Imports/GUIDE38....
 
GUIDELINES FOR IMPORTATION OF DRUGS
  1. These guidelines are for the interest of the general public and in particular, pharmaceutical industries in Nigeria.
  2.  It is necessary to emphasize that, no drug shall be manufactured, imported, exported, advertised, sold or distributed in Nigeria unless it has been registered in accordance with the provisions of ACT CAP F33 LFN 2004 (formerly decree 19 of 1993) and the accompanying guideline.
 
GUIDELINES FOR IMPORTATION OF COSMETICS
  1. These guidelines are for the interest of the general public, and in particular, cosmetics manufacturers and importers in Nigeria.
  2. It is necessary to emphasize that no cosmetics products shall be manufactured, imported, exported, advertised, sold or distributed in Nigeria unless it has been registered in accordance with provisions of ACT CAP F33 LFN 2004 (Formerly decree 19 of 1993)  
 
 
 
 
GUIDELINES FOR IMPORTATION OF MEDICAL DEVICES
  1. These guidelines are for the interest of the general public and in particular  medical devices stakeholder in Nigeria.
  2. It is necessary to emphasize that, no medical device shall be manufactured, imported, exported, advertised, sold or distributed in Nigeria unless it has been registered in accordance with the provisions of ACT CAP F33 LFN 2004 (Formerly decree 19 of 1993) and the accompanying guidelines. 
 
 
NDLEA
 
NDLEA is aimed at exterminating illicit drug trafficking and consumption in the Nigerian society. It is a well-known fact that any involvement in drugs, especially their importation, exportation, sale, transfer, purchase, cultivation, manufacture, extraction and possession is universally unacceptable.
 
For details on NDLEA please view http://www.ndlea.gov.ng/v1/?q=content/about-ndlea-0.