Â ByÂ Chioma Obinna & Gabriel Olawale
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) last week released new guidelines to fast track export trade following constant rejection of food commodities of Nigerian origin on grounds of poor quality and poor packaging.
Director General of the Agency, Dr. Paul OrhiiÂ disclosed in Lagos that the new measures are in line with global best practices and would address inundated embarrassing alerts notificationÂ from the European Union and USA over food commodities from Nigeria.
The new guidelines include; waiver of tariffs and charges for laboratory analysis and certification processes for all regulated product exports, issuance of certificates of manufacture and free sale for all registered regulated products normally within 48 hours of receipt of an application, issuance of export approvals for all non- commercial exports within 24 hours of receipt of application, immediate issuanceÂ of health certificates for all processed and semi processed food commodities upon receipt of satisfactory NAFDAC laboratory report, and provision for submission of applications for export certification at the state/local government office nearest to a client among others.
Orhii, represented by the Special Assistant, Mrs. Aishatu Okpa,Â said although Nigeria regulated products and food/ Agricultural commodities have great market potentials most Nigerian exporters lack the access to necessary information and other global interactive networking tools.
In his paper titled, â€œGuidelines for Export of NAFDAC Regulated Products and Food Commoditiesâ€ Director Port Inspection Directorate, Mr. Segiru Momodu said the requirements are in line with international best practices and would assure consistency in the export processes thereby giving Nigeria a stake in the ever blooming export market.