SON advises importers, customs agents to use its automation cargo clearance system

Osita Aboloma, Director General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria

Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has advised customs agents and importers at both seaports and airport to utilize its automated service offerings while processing their cargo clearance documents as it declared that it has resumed operations nationwide.

The automated services, according to SON, include certification for locally manufactured and imported products, product registration, ports and borders clearance and service charge payments among others.

The SON Director General, Barrister Osita Aboloma, in a statement issued by the organization, said the advice was important to reduce physical presence at its offices to the barest minimum, for the safety and wellbeing of all.

The statement directed staff all over the Nation on grade levels 14 and above to resume work thrice a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am to 2pm.

It enjoined the staff to observe all the guidelines provided by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, including use of thermometer to check body temperature, physical distancing, use of barrier masks and basic hygiene such as regular washing of hands with soap and water as well as use of alcohol based hand sanitizers.

Departmental Heads and State Coordinators were directed to draw up rosters to ensure rotational attendance by the staff, to avoid overcrowding of the office spaces while providing basic services to stakeholders.

The statement enjoined staff of SON in the 42 offices across the 36 states to ensure strict compliance with all guidelines and directives by the Government in their respective States

It concluded that prior to the resumption of work, SON offices have been disinfected to guarantee the safety of staff and customers.

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