Nigeria (SON) has declared that only importers who failed to comply with the pre-shipment automation process cried about accumulation of demmurage on their consignments.
A statement by the office of
the Director General, Osita Aboloma, debunked the claim by the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents(ANLCA) that its online application portal for the operation of the offshore Conformity Assessment Program (SONCAP) for processing of SON regulated imports into Nigeria had collapsed.
by the Head, Public Relations of SON, Bola Fashina, the portal was recently
upgraded to ensure optimal performance, enhance a seamless operation and more
efficient service delivery to customers and stakeholders alike.
the advantages the upgraded SONCAP portal offers are:
a one-stop-shop that provides clients opportunity to apply, track
application, send messages to SON and receive responses as well upload evidence
of payments seamlessly
for application are available on Clients’ dashboard
challenge in transmitting approved and activated SONCAP certificates to the
National trade portal which according to him was not peculiar to SON but all
other trade related agencies from January 22, 2020.
since been rectified on the national trade portal and all pending SONCAP
certificates transmitted to the Nigerian Integrated Customs Information System
(NICIS) portal as at February 1, 2020.
accumulating demurrage as a result of the gap, Fashina explained that the
SONCAP is a pre-shipment process, stressing that only non-compliant importers,
who apply for the certificates after the arrival of their consignments are
brought in about 182 containers into the country without following the
pre-shipment conformity assessment process were those trying to circumvent
established procedure and crying wolf.
consignments would naturally be subjected to scrutiny, seized if found to be substandard
while those behind then would face prosecution.
the import procedures strictly by ensuring that they process their product and
SONCAP certificates offshore rather than looking for short cuts after the
consignments have arrived Nigeria.