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06 June 2017

SON’s Major Bust of Substandard Tires in Nigeria

Smugglers of illicit merchandise are constantly latching on to new ways of bypassing trade regulations, taking advantage of mandatory Nigerian Industrial Standard (NIS) requirements like, for example, the request for all car owners to purchase new tires. That was the case at the beginning of this year, when the Standar...

2017-06-06 00:00:00Z
24 April 2017

The role of NAFDAC in safeguarding public health in Nigeria

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) is a Nigerian federal agency under the Federal Ministry of Health established by Decree 15 of 1993 with the purpose of preventing the circulation of illicit and counterfeit products in Nigeria under the country's health and safety law. Later ame...

2017-04-24 00:00:00Z
03 April 2017

Life endangering products

Within the Federal Government, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) officially implemented a new procedure for certifying shipments that concerns Product (PC) and SONCAP Certificates regarding certain goods categorised as “Life Endangering Products”. The procedure...

2017-04-03 00:00:00Z
20 March 2017

The Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP)

A useful Government requirement both exporters and importers should know is the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP), which is a product certification scheme implemented by SON since 2006. Compliance with this standard ensures that all locally manufactured goods conform to the minimum Nigerian Industrial ...

2017-03-20 00:00:00Z
20 February 2017

Product Registration process with the Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON)

Items imported into Nigeria for commercial purposes require SON Product Registration. This process can be seamlessly carried out online as explained below. What is Product Registration: Product Registration is a procedure that allows SON to make an inventory of all products imported into the country for sale. This...

2017-02-20 00:00:00Z
16 January 2017

Five tips for a smoother Verification of Conformity (VOC) procedure

Quality protection is what drives Verification of Conformity (VOC). The Verification of Conformity service involves checking the conformity of goods according to national standards. A buyer wants to make sure that the products he purchases or that are delivered to him have the same quality he has negotiated and paid f...

2017-01-16 00:00:00Z
05 December 2016

How to ensure your documentation gets the green light when importing into Nigeria

Anybody who needs to import goods into Nigeria should know the following: A Product Certificate (PC) is required for Form M processing. In order to obtain it, you need the following documents: Test reports from an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory ISO 9001 certification In-hou...

2016-12-05 00:00:00Z
07 November 2016

SON new Director-General recently appointed in Nigeria

On the 18th of February, 2016, Dr. Joseph Odumodu concluded his mandate as Director-General/Chief Executive of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON). Dr. Paul Angya, by virtue of his seniority, was temporarily appointed Acting Director-General before the election of a new Director. Eventually, on the 26th of Se...

2016-11-07 00:00:00Z
03 October 2016

Requirements before opening an E-Form M

Before an importer can open an E-Form M, the following procedures must be completed: Certificate of Incorporation/Registration of the Company in Nigeria Anyone who intends to import into Nigeria should primarily rely on a client based in Nigeria who has a legitimately registered company and has thereby obtaine...

2016-10-03 00:00:00Z
19 September 2016

5 Things You Need To Know About the E-Form M

1. What is an E-Form M ? An E-Form M is an online mandatory documentation process introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS). It was put in place by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Finance (FMF) to monitor goods that are imported into...

2016-09-19 00:00:00Z
05 September 2016

The role of Nigerian banks in SONCAP

Nigerian Banks act as a middleman between the importer and the Nigeria Customs Services (NCS). The import guidelines clearly state that: “Any person intending to import physical goods into Nigeria shall in the first instance process the E-Form M through any Authorized Dealer Bank (ADB) irrespective of the value and whe...

2016-09-05 00:00:00Z
22 August 2016

Merchandise regulated by SON

Goods Regulated by SON From time to time, in a bid to ensure that the importing community adheres to its requirements and certifies imports, SON reviews and publishes new lists of regulated items. This is a precious tool to know whether or not your products are regulated by SON. Please note that this list is subject t...

2016-08-22 00:00:00Z
08 August 2016

SON Guidelines for the importation of e-cigarettes in Nigeria

The following guidelines, as informed by SON, are relevant for the importation of e-cigarettes. E-cigarette importers shall register with SON and obtain a SON approval letter before proceeding with the SONCAP certification process. Only e-cigarettes with Zero Nicotine are allowed to be registered and processed...

2016-08-08 00:00:00Z
27 June 2016

Importation of LPG cylinders into Nigeria

The LPG Cylinder is regarded by the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) as a high risk item of import due to its use in gas storage for domestic cooking and several other purposes. For this reason, SON has taken measures to ensure that the item passes through repeated scrutiny before being imported into Nigeria. To ...

2016-06-27 00:00:00Z
06 June 2016

The Harmonized System (HS) Codes

The “Harmonized System (HS)” was created and is administered by the Brussels-based World Customs Organization (WCO). It consists of numerical codes that allow the systematic definition and classification of all goods in international trade, within the tariffs of signatory countries. The purpose of the HS Ta...

2016-06-06 00:00:00Z
17 May 2016

The 10 benefits of Verification of Conformity Programs

Verification of Conformity (VoC) Programs are systems imposed by governments to ensure that imported products meet the required quality and safety standards of the importing country. These precautions are taken to verify and confirm that the goods do not represent a risk for the health and safety of the population, or ...

2016-05-17 00:00:00Z
02 May 2016

Goods Banned by the CBN from the Foreign Exchange Market

In order to encourage the local production of specific items and in a continuing effort to sustain the stability of the foreign exchange market, as well as ensure the efficient utilization of foreign exchange, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has excluded importers of some goods and services from accessing foreign exc...

2016-05-02 00:00:00Z
18 April 2016


The Incoterms, meaning International Commercial Terms, are a set of international rules produced by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). They are mainly used in International commercial transactions or procurement processes, where buyers and sellers agree to their use. It is advisable for both the buyer and sel...

2016-04-18 00:00:00Z
01 April 2016

Step by step guide for imports into Nigeria

The import process in Nigeria involves a number of steps. Before any importation is carried out, the following must be done by the importer: Register the company name in Nigeria and hence have a Certificate of Incorporation/Registration of the company in Nigeria. Register the company with the Federal Inland Re...

2016-04-01 00:00:00Z
15 March 2016

Step by Step Guide For Certificate Activation

After a Product Certificate (PC) and a SONCAP Certificate (SC) are issued and successfully sent to SON from our platform, the Importer will need to activate the certificates on the web portal of the Federal Government of Nigeria Single Window for Trade, so as to be detected on the Customs platform. The activation launc...

2016-03-15 00:00:00Z
09 February 2016

Tips for Faster Imports into Nigeria

We have listed below some useful suggestions to help you speed up shipping procedures when importing into Nigeria. The import process involves three entities: an Authorized Dealer Bank, the Nigeria Customs Services and the Regulatory bodies. Before any importation is carried out, the importer should do the following: ...

2016-02-09 00:00:00Z
08 January 2016

Non-Existent Online Registration Fees

As of the 10th of September 2015 the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) has put in place a new online product registration system. Every shipment intended for import into Nigeria must be approved by SON electronically before customs clearance can begin. It is important to note that this online product registration...

2016-01-08 00:00:00Z
22 December 2015

The Difference Between the Product Certificate (PC) and the SONCAP Certificate

Under the import requirements of the Federal Government of Nigeria, in order to clear their goods, importers need to have the following documents for every consignment of regulated products issued by an International Accreditation Firms, such as Cotecna: a Product Certificate (PC) a SONCAP Certificate (SC) Th...

2015-12-22 00:00:00Z
11 December 2015

The Combined Certificate of Value and Origin (CCVO)

To import your goods into Nigeria there are several required final documents that are mandatory to receive authorization for the clearance of your goods. Amongst others, these are the Final Invoice, the Transport Document (Bill of Lading/Airway Bill/Roadway Bill), the Packing List and the CCVO. The Combined Certificat...

2015-12-11 00:00:00Z
13 November 2015

Importation of used items in Nigeria

In an attempt to ensure that Nigeria is not made a dumping ground for used items, The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has decided to put in place regulations for all used items entering the country. Once your used items are approved, the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) will is...

2015-11-13 00:00:00Z
04 November 2015

Items Prohibited from Import by the Federal Government of Nigeria

In the bid to control and monitor goods imported into Nigeria and to encourage local/small scale industry in the country, the Federal Government of Nigeria has published a list of items that are prohibited. The REVISED IMPORT PROHIBITION LIST (TRADE) can be found in the SCHEDULE 3 of the Nigeria Customs Service Common ...

2015-11-04 00:00:00Z
23 October 2015

The PAAR System

The Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR) system is an online application designed and used by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) for the generation of the PAAR. The PAAR process: The NCS receives the e-Form M with other necessary pre-import documents from the Authorized Dealer Bank and carries out preliminary prev...

2015-10-23 00:00:00Z
16 October 2015

What you need to know about the e-FORM M

An e-Form M is a mandatory documentation process put in place by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Finance (FMF) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), to monitor goods that are imported into the country as well as enable collection of import duties where applicable. The guidelines say, ...

2015-10-16 00:00:00Z
16 October 2015

How to obtain an e-Form M

Acquiring an e-Form M is a mandatory step in the importation process. Please follow the procedure below in order to obtain your e-Form M: Submit your e-Form M application online to an Authorized Dealer Bank along with the following attached documents: Proforma invoiceLocally sourced Insurance CertificateRegulatory...

2015-10-16 00:00:00Z
07 October 2015

SON Implements E-certificate System into Customs Process

On the 10th of September 2015, the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) implemented the full integration of the E-Certificates (e-SON Product and e-SONCAP Certificate) into the Nigeria Single Window Platform for its Standards Organization of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Programs (SONCAP). This new online process i...

2015-10-07 00:00:00Z
07 October 2015

The SON E-Certification Process

In accordance with the new Standards Organization of Nigerian (SON) regulations for E-Certification, the following process applies: The Exporter/Importer would still manually request for Product Certification (PC) of their items of import through IAFs (International Accreditation Firms such as Cotecna) from the e...

2015-10-07 00:00:00Z
14 April 2014

Alert regarding scam emails sent to SONCAP clients

Notice for all exporters and importers to Nigeria. It has come to our attention that fraudulent emails have been circulating concerning the SONCAP program. All emails not sent by SON or from a SON-accredited inspection company, such as Cotecna, should be ignored. To avoid any potential risk, please do not reply or clic...

2014-04-14 15:59:00Z
17 April 2013

Cotecna appointed by SON to inspect goods exported to Nigeria

On February 1, 2013, Cotecna, one of the world’s leading international testing, inspection and certification companies, was officially appointed by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), to join Nigeria’s revised Standards Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Program (SONCAP). Based on Act n&...

2013-04-17 14:45:00Z