Intertek and Standards Organisation of Nigeria Extend SONCAP Agreement

    LONDON, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - Intertek and the Standards Organisation of Nigeria
(SON) today announced that they have extended their agreement for a further
two years. The agreement appoints Intertek to operate SON's Conformity
Assessment Programme (referred to as SONCAP) on an exclusive basis.
    Intertek has operated the programme since its inception in 2005, through
which it helps to ensure the safety and compliance of a wide range of goods
entering the Nigerian market. Intertek's extensive global network of
laboratories and offices provides unrivalled and vital technical support to
operate such a global programme.
    Dr John Akanya, Director General of SON said "Having reviewed Intertek's
pioneering efforts and considerable investment in the establishment of the
SONCAP in Nigeria, the SON governing Council is pleased to grant a concession
to Intertek to handle the scheme for a further two years."
    Intertek Executive Vice President and Chief Executive of Intertek's
Government Services Rob Dilworth said "We are delighted and honoured to have
been entrusted with this contract extension. We value the responsibility given
to us by the government of Nigeria, and looking forward to continuing to
ensure the compliance of imports, and the facilitation of Nigeria's global
    Intertek operates similar programmes in several other countries around
the world. Intertek's Government standards programmes use Intertek's extensive
global network of laboratories and offices, to help ensure that goods exported
to recipient countries comply with the relevant National and International

    About Intertek's Government Services

    Intertek offers a range of services to governments, national standards
organisations, customs departments and industrial companies. We help these
customers to ensure that imports comply with relevant safety, quality and
other standards. Goods and commodities are tested and often inspected prior to
shipment to prevent dumping of unsafe goods and improve the quality of
imported and sold goods. Foreign finance ministries use Intertek's services to
increase import duty collection and improve efficiency. Imports are inspected
and valued in the country before shipment to enable import duties to be
accurately assessed and certified. Container scanning services help customers
to protect against security risks associated with international trade.
Intertek's worldwide laboratory coverage allows for rapid inspection,
certification and valuation of shipments, anywhere in the world.

    About Intertek

    Intertek is a leading international provider of quality and safety
services to a wide range of global and local industries. Partnership with
Intertek brings increased value to customers' products and processes,
ultimately supporting their success in the global market place. Intertek has
the experience, expertise, resources and global reach to support its customers
through its extensive network of laboratories and offices and over 20,000
people in more than 100 countries around the world.

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For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Sarah Ogilvie, Corporate
Communications, Intertek Group plc, Telephone: +44-(0)-20-7396-3400,; Business/sales contact: Nigel Harvey, Vice
President, Marketing and Operations, Telephone: +44-(0)-1277-223400,

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