IMPORT PERMIT ACTIVATION? Assuming you have already followed how to process SON import permits in Nigeria, and have got the permit, and perhaps have processed and got Form M already, remaining for you to obtain PAAR. You must now activate the import permit for against each invoice and bill lading or air waybill. The reason for this article is to walk you through on the SON import permit activation for PAAR. Follow the steps closely and feel free to comment.
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IMPORT PERMIT ACTIVATION STEPS
With the release of updated and new import permit application portal, many have cried out in frustration that the system has failed. However, the SON itself has insisted that the system is in order. The head of SON public relations for example says the upgrade will ensure optimal performance. He further stated that the upgrade will enhance seamless operation, and facilitate trade. This article will walk you through step-by-step.
Click here and login with your email, TIN, and password, otherwise create account if not already created.
A new dashboard appears as shown below.
From the dashboard, click on apply for import permit for PAAR.
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Notice that the import permit is already there, and only awaiting activation. Tap the cursor on the highlighted apply for PAAR button.
Fill in the requested details for commercial invoice, form, bill of lading and ports container details above. Also remember to attach requested documents. Click next to continue.
From the above page, click add item button to enter goods detail.
Fill all required information displayed above, as found in your import permit, the commercial invoice or final invoice and the bill of lading. Remember to input all things correctly as mistake in just one figure in the final invoice number or bill of lading number is read as another document. I have had a situation where I completed this process and have had to repeat the process, with a fresh commercial invoice because the system says the former one is used with a different (mistaken) bill of lading. You can imagine having to ask for a new set of documents. No worries anymore I have found way round this kind of issues from experience.
Once obtained by following my article for how to process SON import permits in Nigeria, the SON import permit need be activated against the consignment of interest before it is accepted for PAAR processing. Feel free to ask us questions or make comments on our posts to encourage us to keep pace with happenings in the import and export value chain.