Federal Produce Inspection Service is empowered by provisions of the above listed Laws and regulations to carry out a number of functions at various locations like the air and seaports, registered produce warehouses, processing/crushing mills, land borders or any other part of the Federation where Agricultural produce is handled, stored concealed, or processed. These functions include the following:
Boarding any vessel berthed at the ports shipside that intends to carry Agricultural Produce for Export to inspect and disinfest (Spray) the ship holds to get rid of pest that exist in such receptacles prior to loading them with already fumigated agricultural commodities to prevent re-infestation.
Fumigation of empty export containers belonging to the ship owners (shipping lines) at their terminals inside the port as recommended before issuing them to Exporters that intend to load agricultural produce inside such containers Inspection at the port gate all containers stuffed with Agricultural Produce entering the port to ascertain whether they passed through Federal Produce Inspection Service quality test before coming to the ports to ensure they meet internationally accepted standard.
Fumigation of all imported produce on board the vessels to control pest that might have been imported along with the produce before they are bulked out of the port to hinterland. To return back to the warehouse any container containing Agricultural Produce that evaded the quality test, fumigation and payment of statutory government export and fumigation levies at Federal Produce Inspection Service office.
To impound any agricultural produce that is smuggled into the port and observed to be of poor quality for destruction to ensure that only good quality produce are exported out of Nigeria. Monitoring of non-oil Export at the nations port to ensure compliance with Export Regulations and Statistical Data Collection.
Cross checking, seals, markings, document, that accompany produce graded in the states for compliance of state dues etc. Arrival checktest (ACT) of all produce from the state and testing for moisture content. Fumigation of infested produce for preservation during storage and preparation for Export.
Cross checking, seals, markings, document, that accompany produce graded in the states for compliance of state dues etc. Arrival check-test (ACT) of all produce from the state and testing for moisture content. Fumigation of infested produce for preservation during storage and preparation for Export. Pre-shipment check-test, inspection and quality control of all Agricultural produce at the registered warehouses to ensure compliance with initially prescribed grades and standards as pre-condition for Export. Arrival check-test on produce delivered at registered produce stores/warehouses and processing factories.
Pest-Control of produce through pre-shipment fumigation or prior to local processing at the registered produce warehouses and processing mills. Check weighing produce to ensure compliance with approved standard weight. Inspection of packaging to ensure proper markings sewing, sealing of graded produce to avoid tempering. Identification or rejection of any poor-quality produce on arrival or deteriorated produce in storage. Issuance of certificate of quality, fumigation weight and good packaging material to exporters to facilitate foreign exchange earnings on sale of exported produce and generate data on Exported Agricultural Produce.
Monitoring of produce movement at the nations Border posts to ensure compliance with Produce Export Regulations. To ensure that all Statutory Government Export and Fumigation Levies are paid accordingly through a procedure obtainable at Federal Produce Inspection Service office. o arrest and prosecute all persons that contravenes the export of Agricultural Produce guidelines/regulations accordingly. Organizing training and enlighten Workshops, Seminars and Conferences for relevant stakeholders. Rendering statistical data to Export Commodity Coordinating Committee (ECCC) to among other functions ensure payment of mandatory levies for Nigeria’s membership of International Commodity Association. Representing the Government of Nigeria in international meetings e.g. (Codex) etc. involving Export of Agricultural Commodities.