China Chamber of Commerce pledges to curtail substandard goods’ inflow
The China Chamber of Commerce in Nigeria CCCN, has said the association will partner the Standards Organisation of Nigeria SON in its renewed efforts rid the country of the importation of substandard goods from Asia, especially China.
President of the association Ye Shuijin, who spoke in Abuja, however claimed that most of the substandard products were not made in China.
He therefore pledged that the chamber will do everything within its powers to ensure that the massive influx of substandard goods into the country was curtailed.
According to him, the association holds meetings regularly with its Nigerian counterpart on how to improve legitimate trade between Nigeria and Chine.
“Most of the substandard products that came to Nigeria are not from China because Chinese government has well structured standards in place for its products.
“China products are of high quality, nonetheless, Chinese government is already cooperating with the Nigerian government to promote importation of quality products to Nigeria”, he said.
He disclosed that there were over 150 Chinese companies operating in different sectors of Nigeria, adding that his association encourages companies to go into manufacturing.
Shuijin however urged officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service to redouble their efforts in checking the influx of substandard products into the country through the seaports and land borders.
He also argued that there was the need to properly guide importers and exporters so that they will always comply with relevant trade laws and regulations.
It was however gathered that SON, Nigeria’s apex standards regulatory bureau and the chamber are currently putting some measures in place to check importation of substandard goods into the country.
SON had over the years taken steps to sensitise Nigerian businessmen on the need to shun importation of substandard goods from Asia, especially China, which has devastating effects on Nigeria’s economy.
It was these sensitisation programmes that led to the discovery of a warehouse in Lagos owned by Chinese nationals dedicated for the importation and recycling of used and substandard tyres.