TRADING WITHIN NIGERIA

Making Internal Trade Simpler And Easier

With a goal to transform the ease of movement of goods within and across regions in Nigeria and to deliver tangible impact to Nigerian businesses facing bureaucratic and regulatory challenges, reforms were implemented by the the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC), in collaboration with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Trademarks Patent and Designs Registry (Commercial Law Department) (TPDR).

Reforms implemented to improve business processes and regulations that affect trading within Nigeria

Reforms by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)

Enforcement of processing timeline for registration of food (90 days) and drugs (120 days) in Nigeria


Impact

  • Reduced timeline for registration of foods and drugs from up to one year.

Enforcement of processing timeline for registration of food (90 days) and drugs (120 days) in Nigeria

Introduction of online registration process for food and drugs

Impact

  • Transparent, effective and efficient product registration process

Automation of the port operations process by NAFDAC


Impact

  • Improved efficiency

Automation of the port operations process by NAFDAC

Availability and clarity of defined fees, documentation and processes for registering a product with NAFDAC online

Impact

  • Improved transparency

Implementation of risk categorization for NAFDAC registration of locally produced and imported products


Impact

  • Transparent, effective and more efficient product registration process

Implementation of risk categorization for NAFDAC registration of locally produced and imported products

Product sampling and testing process review to ensure reasonable amount of sample is collected

Impact

  • Transparent, effective and efficient product registration process

Review and Publication of Product renewal process online


Impact

  • Transparent, effective and efficient product registration process

Review and Publication of Product renewal process online

Reforms by the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON)

Elimination of the interception by SON of compliantly cleared containers

Impact

  • Reduced constraints to movement of goods across Nigeria

Reforms by the Trademarks Patent and Designs Registry (TPDR)

Issuance of all outstanding Certificates of Registration of Trademarks


Impact

  • Clearance of pending applications for Improved efficiency of trademark registration

Issuance of all outstanding Certificates of Registration of Trademarks

Publish backlog of all e-applications in the Trademark Journal

Impact

  • Improved access to information on trademark registration

Reform by National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP)

Existing NOTAP guidelines reviewed based on feedback/input from the consultative sessions held with stakeholders.

REFORM OUTCOMES

As at December 2017, NAFDAC cleared all pending backlog of over 5,000 applications

Between July 2017 and June 2018, Trademark registry has published 90,000 outstanding journals and certificates

National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control

Website - www.nafdac.gov.ng

Office address - Plot 2032, Olusegun, Obasanjo Way, Zone 7, Wuse, Abuja, Nigeria

Phone - + 234 1 460 9750

Email - nafdac@nafdac.gov.ng

Trademarks Patent and Designs Registry (Commercial Law Dept.)

Website - www.iponigeria.com

Office address - Ministry Of Trade and Investment Block D, Old secretariat, Area 1, Garki Abuja

Phone - +234 809 219 4426 / +234 809 219 4416 / +234 809 219 4404

Email - info@iponigeria.com



Standards Organisation of Nigeria

Website - www.son.gov.ng

Office address - 52, Lome Crescent, Zone 7, Wuse, Abuja

Phone - +234 800 225 5766

National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion

Website - www.notap.gov.ng

Office address - 4, Blantyre Street, off Adetokumbo Ademola Crescent Wuse II, PMB 5074 Wuse, Abuja, Nigeria.

Phone - +234 9 496 11189

Email - info@notap.gov.ng

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