ACTING Director-General/Chief Trade Negotiator of Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations NOTN Mr. Victor Liman has disclosed that exporter or agent that wants to leverage on the African Continental Free Trade Agreement AfCFTAmust secure all necessary licenses, permits, certificates, and necessary documents from relevant agencies like Nigerian Export Promotion Council NEPC, Standard Organization of Nigeria SON, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC, Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Service NAQS and others. This was made known in a statement made available yesterday in Abuja.
He also added that to ensure that the product qualifies for export under AfCFTA, it must create a bill of entry, attach all relevant permits from government agencies, and secure reservation with shipping or Airline Company.
Other conditions are that product owners must apply for the Nigeria Customs Service AfCFTA Certificate of Origin after paying a fee.
The Nigerian Customs Service is the issuer of the certificate; however, NACCIMA must vet the application.
Also, other accompanying documents required for shipment under AfCFTA should be included like Certificate of origin, Nigerian Customs Bill of Entry, Bill of Lading, Packing List, and Certificate of Analysis.
Finally, compulsory AfCFTA trading documents are supplier/Producer’s declaration form, Origin of the declaration form, AfCFTA Certificate of origin.FG has outline steps to be taken by Nigerian businesses to export to other member-countries of the AfCFTA.
It would be recalled that the AfCFTA trade agreement, which is reputed to be one of the largest globally, commenced on January 1, 2021, with 54 African countries signed on to it. The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement which took off in January 1, 2021, is expected to create the world’s largest free trade area measured by the number of countries participating.
The pact which connects about 1.3 billion people across 54 countries with a gross domestic product GDP valued at $3.4 trillion has the potential to lift 30 million people out of extreme poverty.
However, achieving its full potential will depend on putting in place significant policy reforms and trade facilitation measures.
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