The maximum validity period for e-registration is 1 year only.
This duration is short and represents additional costs for the importer, who is required to renew registration after a year, at most, even when there is no change in the product.
In addition to the huge fees, importers face difficulties in using SONs online platform, where key documents and information on the new e-registration system are absent The EU (including Member States) has made repeated contacts with SON and the Nigerian Government on these issues obtaining clarity on the application of exemptions and an open door to represent specific complaints.
To prevent the import of substandard and unsafe products into Nigeria all exporters and manufacturers must subject regulated goods to scrutiny against the standards and technical requirements of the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON).
We can test and verify your products against SON’s offshore Standards Organization of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Program (SONCAP).
Under SONCAP goods intended for import which are on the list of regulated products must undergo a product conformity assessment in their country of origin.
With decades of experience in product assessment our global network of industry experts can offer tailored services to help your products demonstrate compliance.
Our accreditation for the re-engineered SONCAP was renewed on November 14, 2012, and comes into effect from March 1, 2013.
The process for the new program differs from its predecessor.
It introduces three routes to certification, and a number of different documents to be issued per route: As the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and Certification Company with a global network we are committed to providing exporters to Nigeria, and importers in Nigeria, with efficient services under SONCAP.
Mandatory pre-shipment registration and e-registration of products, both locally manufactured and imported, with Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON).
Combined procedure is burdensome and costly, especially where several different products are required.
Under the SON-CAP regime, imported goods need to undergo pre-shipment certification through authorized service providers.
Goods are only released at arrival upon production of completed SON-CAP certificates.