Loading...

Complying with SONCAP - How to get a SONCAP Certificate

Demonstrating compliance with SONCAP has three (3) possible routes:

  • Route A – For Unregistered/Unlicensed products
  • Route B – For Registered Products
  • Route C – For Licensed Products

Route A – For Unregistered/Unlicensed products

Under this route each shipment to be imported requires inspection, consignment testing to applicable standards, witnessing of stuffing of Full container Load (FCL) and affixing of seals to FCL. Upon satisfying all these requirements, the product is issued with a Product Certificate 1 (Unregistered Status), which is valid only for that particular consignment.

The Product Certificate 1 (Unregistered Status) is a mandatory document which the importer needs to submit to the Nigerian authorities in order to obtain a M form.

Click here for flow chart detailing the Product Certificate 1 (Unregistered Status).

Route B – For Registered Products

Under this route registration of products is done following full type testing and successful assessment of the Manufacturer’s Quality System in order to determine whether the product(s) under consideration is in conformity with the applicable standards and that the Manufacturer has the necessary systems in place to consistently produce quality products.

Exporters from Route A having four compliant shipments and have satisfactorily completed assessment of the Manufacturer’s Quality System could be elevated from Route A to Route B.

Exporters may also apply for a direct Product Certificate 2 (Registered Status) for their products subject to the successful evaluation of their full type test reports and successful assessment of the Manufacturer’s Quality System.

Click here for flow chart detailing the Product Certificate 2 (Registered Status) Process.

Route C – For Licensed Products

Under this route license of products is done following full type testing and successful factory audit in order to determine whether the product(s) under consideration is in conformity with the applicable standards and that the Manufacturer has the necessary systems in place to consistently produce quality products.

If the Exporter from Route B has four compliant shipments and has satisfactorily completed factory audit, the existing Product Certificate 2 (registered status) could be elevated to Product Certificate 3 (licenced status) under Route C.

Alternatively, Exporters may also apply directly for Product Certificate 3 (Licensed Status) subject to the successful evaluation of their full type test reports and successful Factory Audit.

Click here for flow chart details the Product Certificate (Licensed Status).

Form M

The Form ‘M’ is a letter of intent of the Importers to declare their intention to import goods to Nigeria. The Product Certificate 1 (Unregistered Status), Product Certificate 2 (Registered Status) or the Product Certificate 3 (Licensed Status) is a mandatory document which has to be submitted by the Importer to the relevant Nigerian authorities in order to obtain the M form.

SONCAP Certificate

Upon issuance of a Product Certificate 1 (Unregistered Status), Product Certificate 2 (Registered) and Product Certificate 3 (Licensed Status), a SONCAP Certificate of Conformity (CoC) will be issued for the consignment following the below diagram.

Click image to enlarge (opens in new window)

The SONCAP Certificate issued by Intertek will be electronically transmitted by Intertek to SON's portal system for their reference. The SONCAP Certificate is a mandatory document required by the Nigerian Customs for clearance of the goods.

To begin the process of complying with the SONCAP or to discuss any queries that you may have please contact your nearest Intertek SON Country Office.

Our website uses cookies to ensure you have the best and most secure experience.
If you continue to use our site we will assume that you are happy to use these cookies.