The Director-General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Osita Aboloma has publicised the parastatal’s conclusion to remove its Product Registration Certificate (PRC) required for clearing cargoes at the nation’s point of entry.
Aboloma outlined that the new development was in line with the present administration’s ease of doing business mandate.
As indicated by him, the initiative commences on the 1st, November 2018, and is anticipated to curb the excesses of corrupt officers who take advantage of the PRC to constitute an unneeded delay of cargoes at the port.
The SON boss at a nationwide awareness programme to sensitise members of the Auto Spare Parts and Machinery Dealers Association (ASPMDA) in Lagos on dangers of low quality goods in circulation, stated that PRC is still a part of its minimum requirements which have to be met by both importers and manufacturers of goods, stressing that the removal from cargo clearance was to fast-track cargo procedures.
He stated the agency has also gone significantly as cutting down all its fees to motivate local manufacturers while also attracting Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) in to the country.
In his words, “The fight against the influx of substandard goods is continuous and as you can see, we have to bring the fight to the biggest market in West Africa. We are here to get the buy-in of importers and distributors in a bid to agree to work together as a team to curb the influx of substandard life-endangering auto spare parts into Nigeria.”
The SON’s products registration
Product Registration is a process which allows SON to make a listing of all items brought in into the country for sale. This is based on a Federal Government’s instruction and has already been in place for a long time. It was once done manually but, since the 20th of February, 2013, it has been converted to an e-Product Registration.
The need for Product Registration is to ensure transparency and traceability during the import process.