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Africa: NAFDAC Director-General Implements Stricter Export Regulations, Orders Exporters to Secure Certifications Following Rejection of 68 Nigerian Goods in the UK

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has introduced a new requirement for exporters dealing in products subject to their regulation. Effective immediately, all such exporters are mandated to secure the requisite certifications for the processing of their goods.

According to thisdaylive.com, it said that a total of 68 products exported to the United Kingdom between January and June this year has faced rejection by the UK authorities based on poor standards.

The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, who gave the charge at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, warned that the agency will not hesitate to apply sanctions as provided in the status book against defaulters, adding that the rate with which goods exported from Nigeria by foreign countries is becoming embarrassing and shameful.Speaking against the background of growing incidence of rejection of the goods exported to European countries from Nigeria, Adeyeye said she met with the UK Food Standard Agency (FSA) during the recently concluded workshop on Nigeria-UK Enhanced Trade & Investment Partnership (ETIP) held in London to discuss the issue.

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She said the meeting, which was hosted under the UK-Developing Country Trading Scheme (UK-DCTS) with the Nigerian delegation led by the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade, & Investment (FMITI), sought to engage the FSA, “on the unabated incidences of rejection of Nigerian food products exported to the United Kingdom, non-notifications on such rejects and non-engagement of NAFDAC on the matter and the need for mutual recognition of electronic certification of both government agencies of export certification, among others”.

Adeyeye said that going forward, NAFDAC is holding sensitization meetings with stakeholders especially traders and business owners with a view to intimating them of the need to abide by the laid down processes for approving export of goods from the country.”In the interim, I implore all Nigerian exporters trading in NAFDAC regulated products to obtain necessary certifications for processing of their products.

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“These could be processed, semi-processed, food-destined for further processing or bulk food such as cocoa, sesame seed, groundnut, melon or grains (e.g., beans, indigenous rice, etc.) tea materials, ogbonno and mellon; drugs, cosmetics, chemicals, agro-chemicals, beverages, fruit juices, and medical devices.

“All exporters should join hands with NAFDAC and contact the agency for more information on Single Window Trade (SWT) portal: www.trade.gov.ng. “They must leave ample time for processing unless their product is already registered (for destination country). The facility already has cGMP certification, and the client has been a regular exporter with good records with NAFDAC. They are all also enjoined to contact NAFDAC website to read up and comply with the stated steps on the guidelines,” she said.

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Adeyeye however said that it was to NAFDAC’s credit that out of the hundreds of products whose export process passed through NAFDAC, none has suffered rejection to date.

She said that going forward, in order to stem the worsening situation, “No patriot should export any NAFDAC regulated product without it passing through and being certified of its safety and quality status including full compliance with the destination country’s government requirements.

“This is also very important to avert colossal economic loss resulting from the rejection of non-compliant exports by the trading partners”.

While lamenting the absence requisite data on exported products from Nigeria, the NAFDAC DG said almost all exported food products were processed without the statutory testing by NAFDAC at the various ports of exit.

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Eldon Kozak January 8, 2024 - 12:27 pm

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