Kenneth Afor with agency report
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has announced that it will commence electronic licensing for importers to enhance import transactions on the national single window for trade.
The e-licenses will take effect this month as the ‘go-live’ date on September 9 is for companies involved in freight forwarding, importers, licensed agents, port stakeholders, and authorized dealer banks.
It also added that all transactions involving freight forwarders, customs licenses and permits will be carried out on their portal.
It said, “This is to inform importers, freight forwarders, Customs licensed agents, port stakeholders, authorized dealer banks and the general public that NAFDAC has completed the integration of electronic NAFDAC licenses for the processing of import transactions on the National Single Window for Trade.
“NAFDAC import licenses consisting of approvals, certificates, and permits which are now in electronic formats shall be auto verifiable on the NAFDAC Single Window for Trade Portal.”
However, NAFDAC stated that clients would have to input a reference code that would be generated on its portal for processing form M for NAFDAC on its regulated products.
“As such all NAFDAC licenses will no longer be attached as scanned copies on the Single Window portal for the processing of Form M in import trade,” it stated.