Non-compliant imports down to 47pc
THE level of imported goods inspected that do not fully comply with applicable standards have declined from 67 percent to 44 percent following the introduction of Bureau Veritas to monitor goods at border posts last year.
Industry and Commerce Minister Mike Bimha said the Consignment Based Conformity Assessment (CBCA) programme was beginning to bear fruit.
“A support yardstick to this effect is the decrease from 67 percent to 44 percent of the inspected consignments that do not fully comply with applicable standards.
“This demonstrates that the levels of compliance are improving and that participating suppliers are gradually improving the quality of their products in compliance with the Consignment-Based Conformity Assessment (CBCA),” he said.
He was speaking during the official opening of Bureau Veritas’ first offices in Harare on Monday.
“To date 6 004 CBCA certificates have been issued of which 58 certificates of compliance are mostly issued for chemical products, machinery and electrical equipment and food products.
“While 42 percent are non-compliant reports mainly emanating from machinery and electrical equipment followed by chemical products and plastics,” said Minister Bimha.
He added most certificates were issued on imports coming from South Africa constituting 75 percent followed by China and the rest of the world.
Meanwhile, Minister Bimha says products listed in SI number 132 of 2015 still stand and the ministry will review the listed products but this will be done through engaging stakeholders for their inputs.
French Ambassador to Zimbabwe Laurent Delahouse said the number of French companies investing in Zimbabwe is increasing.
“Today two French companies have opened offices in Zimbabwe and this shows that investors are keen to invest in the country.
“Government’s move to charge the conditions of doing business shows that Zimbabwe is ready to re-engage with investors,” he said. — BH24.