SON Plans Full Implementation of SONCAP and Market Surveillance

SON Plans Full Implementation of SONCAP and Market Surveillance to Wipe out Substandard Goods.

11th July 2011

Over the past few weeks Mr. Ikemefuna Odumodu, recently appointed as the new Director General of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON,) has held a number of press conferences to outline his vision of the future of SON and how he intends to re-enforce the SONCAP to combat the import of any substandard goods into Nigeria.

Part of his proposal is to have SON units positioned in all the major markets in the country. These units will not only strenuously reinforce SONCAP but will also serve as information centres for consumers who wish to confirm the genuineness of each product they want to buy.

Mr Odumodu has also reacted to reports of fraudulent activity at the ports by reviewing all officials and taking the necessary action to ensure that the SONCAP is enforced correctly.

To ensure that Importers comply with SONCAP, SON had imposed a default charge and deposit of about N1.5m on goods that do not meet SONCAP requirements. This has however now been reduced to N500,000.

How does this affect Exports to Nigeria?

Goods being exported to Nigeria will be under greater scrutiny from now. Those shipments trying to enter the country without the necessary documentation from an approved SONCAP partner such as Intertek will be rejected and returned to the port of origin.

It is therefore essential that all exports of regulated products under SONCAP have the necessary valid SONCAP certificate for Customs Clearance in Nigeria to avoid any charges, demurrages, fines or possible re-export of the goods back to the Country of Origin. For further information on how Intertek can help you comply with SONCAP requirements please click here.