The Standards Organisation of Nigeria has urged importers and their customs clearing agents to use its digital platform while processing release of their consignments.
The SON in a statement advised shippers and their agents at seaports and airport to utilize its automated service offerings while processing their cargo clearance documents as it announced that it had 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.
Osita Aboloma, Director General of SON, said this was important to reduce the number of visits to its offices for the safety and well-being of everyone.
Meanwhile, the SON boss directed staff on grade levels 14 and above to resume work thrice a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 2 pm.
“All staff must 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,” Aboloma said in the statement.
Departmental heads and state coordinators were directed to draw up rosters to ensure rotational attendance by the staff, to ensure physical distancing at SON’s offices while providing basic services to stakeholders.
SON further charged its staff nationwide to comply strictly with all guidelines and directives by the government in their respective states