Nigeria - Apply for Certificate of Conformity (COC)
- 1 Procedure
- 2 Required Documents
- 3 Office Locations & Contacts
- 4 Eligibility
- 5 Fees
- 6 Validity
- 7 Documents to Use
- 8 Sample Documents
- 9 Processing Time
- 10 Related Videos
- 11 Instructions
- 12 Required Information
- 13 Need for the Document
- 14 Information which might help
- 15 Other uses of the Document/Certificate
- 16 External Links
- 17 Others
The compliance verification process under the Certificate of Conformity involve physical inspection of the consignment and if necessary, sample selection for testing based on a risk assessment criteria.
The shipment certification document under the structure is issued by the SONCAP Independent Accredited Firms (IAF) such as Intertek which is refereed is to as Certificate of Conformity (CoC).
- obtain a SONCAP Certificate from SON.
- Obtain a Nigerian Customs.
- Verification report of compliance.
- Customs clearance report of shipments
Office Locations & Contacts
- Corporate Affairs Commission
Plot 420, Tigris Crescent,
Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street,
Customer Service: +234-818-229-8833
Public Affairs: +234-808-282-4188
P.M.B 198, Garki, Abuja-Nigeria.
All individual or Companies that are looking to import goods into Nigeria except for those under the exemption list are eligible to acquire this certificate of conformity .
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Valid for a period of one year
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It takes 30 working days
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They are needed to ensure customs clearance of shipments and confirm that the products comply with the relevant Nigerian technical regulations and national, regional or international standards.
All imported consignments must bear a non-removable indication of origin. Those that do not will be held by Nigerian Customs and the Importer will be asked to take corrective action or provide an undertaking that the offence will not be repeated. Failure to do so could result in a fine or goods being returned to their country of origin.
Conformity Assessment Programmes have been implemented to verify safety and performance of imported goods, requiring exporters to obtain a Certificate of Conformity before shipping in order to clear customs.
The programme encompasses conformity assessment and verification procedures applicable to all products imported into Nigeria except for those under the exemption list.
- information on product to be exported to Nigeria
- information from Independent Accredited Firm, such as Intertek,
- information on goods being exported.
- information on Consumer safety
- information on National security
- Information on Protection of religious and public morals
- information on Protection of environment
- information on Prevention of deceptive practices
Need for the Document
A Certificate of Conformity or CoC is a mandatory document which is necessary for Customs clearance of exports to many countries around the globe. Intertek is a globe authorized body to issue the Certificate of Conformity for exports to Algeria, Botswana, Kenya, Kuwait, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania and Uganda. The Certificate of Conformity shows that the goods being exported comply with the relevant technical regulations and national, regional or international standards of the country of import. The Certificate of Conformity is a mandatory document which is necessary for Customs clearance:
The Nigerian Conformity Assessment program, which covers all goods, has a number of key objectives:
- Protection of public health
- Consumer safety
- National security
- Protection of religious and public morals
- Protection of environment
- Prevention of deceptive practices
Every consignment of imported goods must be accompanied by a Certificate of Conformity from an authorized inspection agency.
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