7 Steps to understanding SONCAP for exports into Nigeria
Back in January 2013 the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) released an all new SONCAP process. This strict set of guidelines for exports into Nigeria is complex, mandatory and can prove challenging for even the most seasoned exporter…. But we’ve got your back. Read on for 7 regulatory refreshers relating to SONCAP exports into Nigeria.
1 – All exports to Nigeria must comply with a strict set of customs requirements. These requirements are set out by SON (standards organisation of Nigeria) who implemented SONCAP (the Standards Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Programme).
2 – The Nigerian Customs Service will require a compliant SONCAP Certificate (SC) before clearing your goods into Nigeria. No SONCAP, no entry.
3 – SONCAP certification is delivered via accredited firms. The certificate is then sent via electronic transfer to the Standards Organisation of Nigeria’s portal.
4 – If you’re exporting any of these products, then you must comply.
- Arts and Crafts
- Furniture (Some furniture items are forbidden, we can advise)
- Leather, Plastic and Rubber Products
- Electrical and Electronic products
- New Motor Vehicles and spare parts including Tyres
- Chemical products
- Building and Construction Material
- Mechanical Devices and Gas Appliances
- Paper and stationery items
- Protective Safety Equipment
- Medical devices
5 – Exporting these products? Then you are exempt (for now):
- Food Products
- Drugs (Medicines)
- Medical Products (other than equipment and machines)
- Chemicals used as Raw Material by bonifide manufacturers
- Military Ware and Equipment
- Used products other than automobiles
*The Federal Government of Nigeria also classes some goods a forbidden contraband. To view this list visit the official Prohibition List here.
6 – Already have existing import processes in place? No matter, you still need to comply with SONCAP.
7 – There are three routes to SONCAP compliance:
- Route A – For Unregistered/Unlicensed products, resulting in issue of Product Certificate 1
- Route B – For Registered Products, resulting in issue of Product Certificate 2
- Route C – For Licensed Products, resulting in issue of Product Certificate 3
Once Product Certificate 1, 2 or 3 has been issued then your product will receive its SONCAP Certificate of Conformity (CoC), and export into Nigeria can begin.
*March 2017 update.
On 30th March 2017 the new procedure for certifying shipments and issuing SONCAP Certification relating to Life Endangering Products went live.
This means that all exporters/importers with shipments that include a host of products, from electrical parts to safety glasses, can now only be certified SONCAP if they have a valid Product Certificate. This certificate must have been issued either through Route A (PC-U/Unregistered) or through Route C (PC-L/License). Read more >>
To understand more about the three routes, and the complex process of complying with SONCAP. Or to discuss improving your existing compliance programme contact one of our expert Account Managers today.
Streamlined SONCAP. You can with XDS.