Certificate of Conformity for exports to Nigeria


Product Conformity Programme SONCAP for exports to Nigeria

To assure Nigerian consumers of the quality and safety of imported goods, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has implemented guidelines called the Standards Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Programme (SONCAP).

SONCAP verifies the conformity of all products except those that are on the Excluded Product List and enforces their standards. Compliance to SONCAP requirements is applicable in addition to any existing import processes.

In January 2013, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) officially released a new SONCAP process with a completely revised conformity assessment structure. The programme is a set of conformity assessment and verification procedures applicable to all products imported into Nigeria except those under the exemption list.

The requirements for SONCAP include:

  • Every consignment of imported goods which contains regulated products must be accompanied by a Certificate of Conformity (CoC) issued by and Independent Accredited Firm, such as Intertek,  and a SONCAP Certificate (SC) issued by SON.
  • The CoC is required to obtain SC from SON.
  • The CoC confirms that the products comply with the relevant Nigerian technical regulations and approved international/regional/national standards.
  • SC is a mandatory document used by the Nigerian Customs Services for clearance of goods going to Nigeria.
  • The authorities in Nigeria may take random samples from imported consignments to verify compliance.

The SC is required to ensure smooth Customs clearance of shipments arriving in Nigeria.

All products are regulated under the new SONCAP Structure with the exception of those products that are listed in the CBN circular as below:

  • Food Products
  • Drugs (Medicines)
  • Medical Products (other than equipment and machines) 
  • Chemicals used as Raw Material by bonifide manufacturers
  • Military Ware and Equipment 
  • Goods classified as contraband by the Federal Government of Nigeria
  • Used products other than automobiles

Additional details on the SONCAP procedure and a list of Regulated Products currently requiring SC are available here. 

Exporters of regulated products to Nigeria can contact Chamber International to obtain more information on the programme and also apply for CoCs.

Contact our specialist Lydia Moi on 0845 034 7200 or by email for further details.

Apply NOW from anywhere in the UK by contacting our specialist Lydia Moi on 0845 034 7200 or email