SON Conformity Assessment Programme for Imports for Nigeria (SONCAP)
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has implemented and are fully enforcing a strict set of guidelines for goods arriving into Nigeria called the Standards Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Programme (SONCAP). Importers must adhere to these guidelines.
SONCAP verifies the conformity of all products imported in Nigeria except those that appear on the Excluded Product List and enforces their standards. Compliance to SONCAP requirements is applicable in addition to any existing import processes.
The requirements for SONCAP include:
Every consignment of imported goods which contains regulated products must be accompanied by a Certificate of Conformity issued by and Independant Accredited Firm, such as Intertek. This CoC is electronically transmitted to SON's portal who will then generate the SONCAP Certificate on the basis of the CoC, and will hand it over to the Importer or Importer’s agent for clearance of goods in Nigeria.
The Certificate of Conformity (CoC) is required to obtain a SONCAP Certificate.
The Certificate of Conformity (CoC) confirms that the products comply with the relevant Nigerian technical regulations and approved international/regional/national standards.
SONCAP Certificate (SC) is a mandatory document used by the Nigerian Customs Services for clearance of goods going to Nigeria.
SON’s e-certificate is now integrated into the NICIS (Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System) and CBN Information System using the SINGLE-WINDOW. The integration of SON’s e-Product Certificate and SONCAP Certificate will simplify and automate the generation of Form M (for general merchandise) and PAAR (Pre-Arrival Assessment Report) which are mandatory documents for Customs clearance of the goods at the port of entry.
All Nigerian Importers can process the Form M and PAAR transaction from the comfort of their own office or home through an up-to-date web browser software at the web address: https://trade.gov.ng/son
The SINGLE-WINDOW system will prompt 4 SON Services to choose from. These are:
► Certificates/Permits List
► Search certificates
► Simulate SON transaction
► Activate SONCAP/Product Certificate
The introduction of the online system facilitates the enforcement of the SONCAP certification process.
All products are regulated under the SONCAP Structure with the exception of those products that are listed in the CBN circular as below:
Medical Products (other than equipment and machines)
Chemicals used as Raw Material by bonifide manufacturers
Military Ware and Equipment
Goods classified as contraband by the Federal Government of Nigeria
Used products other than automobiles
Additional details on the SONCAP procedure and a list of Regulated Products currently requiring SONCAP certification are available at www.exports2nigeria.com
Activate your SONCAP or Product Certificate here
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