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SON Launches Trade Portal Today

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria has demonstrated for the umpteenth time its determination to improve service delivery as well as arrive at proper handling of the campaign against sub-standard products.

In a bid to rid the country of substandard and fake, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) will today launch a port for tacking manufacturers and dealers of defective products. With the portal ,which involves the issuing of e-certifications and transactions, fake and sub-standard products could now be tracked even from the country of origin.

According to SON, this will only require the recent integration of the agency’s services into the Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS). Now, stakeholders have been upbeat that “operation flush” initiative aimed at ridding the country of counterfeit products is being taken to the next level. Again, SON wants to boost businesses with the NICIS mechanism.

A single window is a process of a mixture of a collaborative effort of agencies involved in a nation’s international trade activities. The importance of a single window is majorly to eliminate paper work or rather, a paperless (electronic) exchange of trade information among operators in the trade processes.

The World Trade Organisation emphasises that this is largely accomplished through a single electronic lodgement. It states that the ultimate national single window includes all of the information exchanged by traders, government departments (including customs); maritime, air, road, rail and inland waterway transport systems; port terminal operators; and a range of other participants in the trade process, including freight forwarders, customs brokers, shipping agents, banks and insurance companies. The world is getting narrower with the advent of technology.

No wonder businesses have undergone and are still undergoing several transformations for a greater output. Gone were the days when an enterprise spends a whole lot of time accessing information. Everything nowadays is done with despatch becauseof the times we are living in. Nobody wants to be left behind; even government establishments have become more proactive and infused more energy in service delivery.

More importantly, the rapidly globalizing world has in turn resulted in the shrinking of the market place. The room to operate is becoming so narrow, and so with time. What it means is that whether individuals, corporate entities or nations like it or not, they need to key into the fast lane of a highly globalised market or condemn themselves to the refuse bin of history.

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) is desirous of improving lives through standards with its zero tolerance to substandard productsand equally committed to delivering superior quality service and meeting the desires of stakeholders and highest standard for the economy.

It is gladdening to note that presently, the volume of such products has dropped from 80 per cent to 40/35 per cent through the agency’s “operation flush”.

SON Director General, Dr. Joseph Odumodu has promised that the level of substandard products will be brought down to 10% by the end of the year. The integration of SON’s systems and certificates into Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS) is indeed to primarily drive home the agency’s service delivery capabilities.The process would facilitate trade, ease transactions and fast-track services such as SONCAP offered by the organization as it eliminates physical contacts and corruption in the system.

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