Non-com­pli­ant im­ports down to 47pc

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business -

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.

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