Seeds importation Nigeria is usually for research, planting, consumption or commercial reasons. Thus, this importation requires importation permit from the National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC). Also, import permit is needed from Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Services (NAQS). Consequently, import of seeds do not need the usual SONCAP requirements in Nigeria used to import a range of items. So, this article will put readers through on how to import seeds and grains into Nigeria.
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SEEDS IMPORTATION NIGERIA: DOCUMENTS NEEDED TO PROCESS SEED IMPORT PERMIT
- Certificate of incorporation from the corporate affairs commission
- Seed licence certificate
- Listing of crops imported and variety
- Letter of reference from bank
- Country of importation
- Quantity of seeds imported in Kg per variety
- Equally, classes of seeds.
SEEDS IMPORTATION NIGERIA: APPLICATION PROCEDURE
- Firstly, submit application to NASC here
- NASC evaluates first application request and approves or reject
- If approved, applicant completes importation form
- Applicant pays the import approval fee, which depends on the seed type
- Import approval is issued by NASC
- Applicant approaches NAQS with NASC approval letter for import Permit request via the Federal Government of Nigeria Single Window for Trade using his Tax Identifier Number – TIN and username
- From the left-hand bar, choose ‘Fill Plant Importation Permit’
You have nothing to fill on the first page, simply click on the button for ‘Names & Parties’
Supply import detail and export detail; mainly addresses as requested above.
Enter further origin detail and container seal numbers for your import if known, otherwise ignore. Choose the purpose of import; research, commercial, pets or consumption. Choose mode of transport and the seaport or airport of interest.
Enter goods detail as required above and finally submit the application.
- NAQS issues import permit or rejects the application if error is found, and this could be corrected and resubmitted.
Vagmon Integrated Services can help process any form of permit for import to the Nigerian boarders.
SEEDS IMPORTATION NIGERIA: FUNCTIONS OF NAQS
“The mandate of Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Services (NAQS) is to ensure that all plants, animals and aquatic produce / products leaving the shores of the country meet international standards. The main Objective of the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service is to prevent the introduction, establishment and spread of exotic pests and diseases of all agricultural products in the international trade. Therefore, NAQS sets out to provide an effective Science – based regulatory service for quality assurances of agricultural products through consistent enforcement of sanitary and phytosanitary measures for promoting a secured and sustainable agricultural and economic development.”
Seed importation into Nigeria is rather regulated by the National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) and the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Services (NAQS). As a result, is exempt from the SONCAP requirements for imports to Nigeria.