Emily Johnson
Mon, Jul 10, 2023 11:56 AM

NAFDAC Extends Collaboration to Reduce Rejection of Nigerian Exports

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NAFDAC Extends Collaboration to Reduce Rejection of Nigerian Exports
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has extended its collaboration with stakeholders in the nation's ports to enhance the export trade in Nigeria's non-oil sector. This move aims to reduce the rejection of Nigerian products and position the nation more favorably in the global market. NAFDAC expressed its concern over the high rate of violations and emphasized the need for effective collaboration to ensure a unified exportation procedure and zero rejects of Nigerian export products.

NAFDAC is intensifying efforts to address the issue of Nigerian non-oil export rejects through collaboration with key stakeholders in the nation's ports. The agency recently held a consultative meeting with Pre-shipment Inspection Agents to discuss strategies for revamping the export trade in Nigeria and positioning the country as a global player in the non-oil sector.

The Director General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, expressed the agency's displeasure with the alarming rate of violations and emphasized the need for effective collaboration to address this issue. Dr. Abimbola Adegboye, the Director of the Port Inspection Directorate (PID) and Head of the Office of Trade and International Relations (OTIR), represented Prof. Adeyeye at the meeting.

The primary objective of the meeting was to foster collaboration between NAFDAC and Pre-shipment Inspection Agents to safeguard a unified exportation procedure and eliminate the rejection of Nigerian export products in the international market. NAFDAC aims to ensure that Nigerian products meet international standards by strengthening its regulatory policies and engaging in mutually beneficial partnerships.

During the meeting, NAFDAC expressed disappointment that some competent authorities on food safety had not been adequately considered in the requirements for the issuance of Clean Certificates of Inspection (CCI) by Pre-shipment Inspection Agents. This oversight has contributed to the high volume of rejected Nigerian products. NAFDAC, with its global accreditation in food safety testing, plays a crucial role in ensuring the quality and safety of exported products.

Representatives from various Pre-shipment Inspection Agents, including Neroli Technologies Limited, Anglia International Services Limited, and Gojopal Nigeria Limited, committed to rectifying this lapse and updating their websites and processes accordingly. They also pledged to educate their clients about using the Nigeria Single Window for Trade portal (www.swt.gov.ng) for export certifications.

NAFDAC, as a government agency, is empowered by the Enabling Act Cap N1 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN) 2004 to regulate and control the quality of food, drugs, chemicals, and other regulated products. The agency's mandate is to ensure the safety and wholesomeness of traded products.

To reinforce collaboration, NAFDAC's Port Inspection Directorate has engaged with the Chairman of the Comprehensive Import Supervision Scheme (CISS) and Nigeria Export Supervision Scheme NESS, as well as the Area Comptroller of Nigeria Customs Services at the ports. Advocacy visits were also made to export sheds at seaports, airports, and land borders to strengthen relationships and streamline export processes.

NAFDAC expressed gratitude for the Pre-shipment Inspection Agents (PIAs) and recognized their vital role in the exportation process. The agency believes that collective efforts from all stakeholders will lead to a better, more robust, and more consultative non-oil trade sector in Nigeria.

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