Many people make the mistake of thinking there is generic importation license that covers all items into a country. However, this is not true. The term importation license is rather vague and broad. First, the question of what agency regulates the goods should rather be of more concern to you. Thus, the importation license for bringing in wild animal is different from that used to bring machine spare parts. Similarly, the importation license used to import refurbished items from one country to another differs from that used to export new items. Hence, this article will give a list of regulatory agencies in Nigeria and the importation licenses they cover.
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WHAT IMPORTATION LICENSE DO I NEED?
If we were to consult for you at Vagmon Integrated Services, we would first of all ask you another question before answering this one. The question is this; what do you want to import? What you want to import determine the importation license required of you by the Nigerian Custom. Also, do you want to bring seeds from outside the country? Or do you want to import oil and gas related equipment? Whatever is the item, there is an importation license that covers it. Consequently, let us look at the licenses and the agencies that give each one.
IMPORTATION LICENSES AND REGULATORY AGENCIES IN NIGERIA
The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON):
SON is the foremost agency when it comes to importation into Nigeria. Through its SONCAP program, the SON is able to issue import license to importers of various category. The importation Licenses issued by the Standard Organisation of Nigeria includes the Product Certificate/SONCAP, the Import Permit, SONCAP default, MANCAP, etc. For details on SON importation License, read: SONCAP PRODUCT CERTIFICATE: SHIPPING TO NIGERIA
National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC):
Importation license for certain defined goods and items are not regulated by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria. Such goods are exempt from the SONCAP requirements in Nigeria. Therefore, importation license for some of those SONCAP exempted commodities are taken care of by NAFDAC. NAFDAC is an agency of the Federal Ministry of Health in Nigeria. Commodities regulated by NAFDAC includes Food products, Drugs (medicines). Chemicals used as raw materials, medicals except equipment and machines are also NAFDAC regulated. For detail on how to obtain NAFDAC importation licenses please read here: NAFDAC PRODUCT REGISTRATION: IMPORT PERMIT
Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Services (NAQS):
This agency, which is under the ministry of Agriculture is response for the issuance of importation licenses for seeds and animals (pets)
Manufacturing Association of Nigeria (MAN):
MAN membership certificate is needed to obtain Mandatory Conformity Assessment Program (MANCAP) certificate. MANCAP certificate is in turn needed to process SON importation permit for manufacturers in Nigeria. Click here for MAN membership requirement, and here for how to obtain MANCAP Permit.
National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA):
This agency, which is under the ministry of environment, is responsible for certain used items. See more on how to obtain NESREA importation permit by reading also: CUSTOMS CLEARANCE: NESREA CLEARANCE PERMIT
SON, NESREA, NAFDAC, NAQS, etc. all issue importation licenses. This article has just treated a few. Finally, we shall talk more on other licenses in different articles.