ANNOUNCEMENT 01 Mar 2013

In March 2013, the government of Nigeria announced a change in import formalities.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

1

  • 0 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 1 liberalising
Inception date: 01 Mar 2013 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Import-related non-tariff measure, nes

On 1 March 2013, Nigeria renewed its certification criteria for the import of goods and launched a new Conformity Assessment Programm (SONCAP). The main inspections are now done before the shipping and will accelerate transportation. Furthermore, the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) will check if the goods are conformity with respect to the Nigerian standards, which in many cases are international standards. Hence, the mutual recognition of quality standards will facilitate compliance and allow for smoother customs administration. Furthermore, the development will also facilitate the export of Nigerian products. 

Nevertheless, various goods are excepted from the list, namely: food products, drugs, chemicals used as raw materials, military equipment, aviation related products, CKD bicycle, motorcycle, automobiles and industrial machinery.