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SONCAP Compliance ProceduresGovernment program - Nigeria

Under the import requirements of the Federal Government of Nigeria, in order to clear their goods, importers need to have the following documents for every consignment of regulated products:

  • Certificate of Conformity (CoC) issued by Cotecna
  • SONCAP Certification (SC)

Obtaining the CoC from Cotecna is based on first having a valid Product Certificate (PC). The PC is required for the opening of the Form M. There are three types of PCs as detailed below:

  • Product Certificate 1 (Unregistered or Unlicensed Status) or
  • Product Certificate 2 (Registered Status) or
  • Product Certificate 3 (Licensed Status)

Exporters can obtain Certificates of Conformity (CoCs) through Cotecna using three levels of compliance, called “Routes”. SON has defined three Routes that are applicable as assessment of conformity procedures for products regulated under the SONCAP program:


Route A: Unregistered or Unlicensed Products
This route is recommended for infrequent exporters.

Route B : Registered Products
Exporters/manufacturers that have demonstrated an acceptable level of compliance during shipment verification in Route A and/or have regular shipments to Nigeria are recommended to apply for SONCAP certification under Route B.

Route C : Licensed Products
Manufacturers/producers that have regular shipments to Nigeria, and/or those who have demonstrated an excellent level of compliance under Route B, are qualified to apply for Product Licensing under Route C.

For detailed information, please refer to:

Related Documents
Date Title Type Download
5/3/2013 Datasheet for Exporters Nigeria_EN 239.13 KB
5/3/2013 Nigeria - RFI 598.07 KB
6/10/2013 Request for Certification form 579.25 KB



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