Information For Importers

Information For Importers

SON Conformity Assessment Programme for Imports for Nigeria (SONCAP)

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has implemented and are fully enforcing a strict set of guidelines for goods arriving into Nigeria called the Standards Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Programme (SONCAP). Importers must adhere to these guidelines.

SONCAP verifies the conformity of all products imported to Nigeria and enforces their standards - except those that appear on the Excluded Product List. Compliance to SONCAP requirements is applicable in addition to any existing import processes.

The requirements for SONCAP include:

Every consignment of imported goods which contains regulated products must be accompanied by a Certificate of Conformity / SONCAP Certificate issued by an Independant Accredited Firm, such as Intertek. This CoC / SC is electronically transmitted to SON's portal.

The Certificate of Conformity (CoC) / SONCAP Certificate (SC) confirms that the products comply with the relevant Nigerian technical regulations and approved international/regional/national standards.

SONCAP Certificate (SC) is a mandatory document used by the Nigerian Customs Services for clearance of goods going to Nigeria.

SON's e-certificate is now integrated into the NICIS (Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System) and CBN Information System using the SINGLE-WINDOW. The integration of SON’s e-Product Certificate and SONCAP Certificate will enhance the approval of Form M (for general merchandise) and PAAR (Pre-Arrival Assessment Report) which are mandatory documents for Customs clearance of the goods at the port of entry.

All Nigerian Importers can process the Form M and PAAR transaction from the comfort of their own office or home through an up-to-date web browser software at the web address: https://trade.gov.ng/son

Read more about the Single-Window System

Click here for details of local Intertek offices

Click here to Activate your SONCAP or Product Certificate

SONCAP Contact Details

Standards Organisation of Nigeria
Northern Business District
Plot 13/14 Victoria Arobieke St
Off Admiralty Way
Lekki Peninsula Scheme 1
Lagos, Nigeria
Manager: Oluseyi Ogundeji

T: +234 (01) 271 3141/43
F: +234 (01) 271 3142
E: info.nigeria.gs@intertek.com

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