Im­porters CBCA com­pli­ance goes up

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business Chronicle - Bianca Mlilo

IN­DUS­TRY and Com­merce Deputy Min­is­ter Chi­ratidzo Mabuwa says im­porters’ com­pli­ance to the Con­sign­ment Based Con­for­mity As­sess­ment (CBCA) pro­gramme “sig­nif­i­cantly” in­creased to 58 per­cent in June.

CBCA was im­ple­mented on March 1, 2016 by the Gov­ern­ment through the Min­istry of In­dus­try and Com­merce as a mea­sure of curb­ing the in­flux of sub­stan­dard and haz­ardous goods in the coun­try as well as creat­ing a level play­ing field for lo­cal in­dus­try.

The CBCA pro­gramme is reg­u­lated by Statu­tory In­stru­ment 132 of 2015 which stip­u­lates that im­ported prod­ucts must be ver­i­fied for con­for­mity or com­pli­ance to stan­dards by the con­tracted con­for­mity as­sess­ment agent in the coun­try of ori­gin be­fore they can be al­lowed into Zim­babwe.

Re­spond­ing to ques­tions in Par­lia­ment last week, Deputy Min­is­ter Mabuwa said:

“Cur­rently, the CBCA pro­gramme is pro­gress­ing steadily with more im­porters com­ply­ing with the reg­u­la­tions as ev­i­dently shown by com­pli­ance lev­els in­creas­ing sig­nif­i­cantly to 58 per­cent in June 2016.”

“The ma­jor­ity of the cer­tifi­cates of con­form­ing is­sued are for chem­i­cal prod­ucts re­spec­tively while pearls are the least.

“Most of the con­for­mity as­sess­ment ac­tiv­i­ties are car­ried out in South Africa, as it is the largest trad­ing part­ner con­sti­tut­ing 77 per­cent of to­tal cer­tifi­cates of con­form­ing is­sued fol­lowed by China, Zam­bia and the rest of the world.”

The Gov­ern­ment has con­tracted French firm, Bureau Ver­i­tas un­der the CBCA pro­gramme to carry out pre­ship­ment ser­vices of listed prod­ucts in the coun­try of ex­port and is­suance of cer­tifi­cates of con­for­mity based on the na­tional and in­ter­na­tional qual­ity, safety, health and en­vi­ron­ment stan­dards.

The con­tract is ex­pected to run for the next four years af­ter which the pre-ship­ment in­spec­tion ex­er­cise would be car­ried out by the Zim­babwe Qual­ity Stan­dards Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity yet to be es­tab­lished.

“The Zim­babwe Qual­ity Stan­dards Au­thor­ity will be re­spon­si­ble for en­sur­ing that prod­ucts im­ported into and ex­ported from Zim­babwe meet qual­ity, safety, health and en­vi­ron­ment stan­dards,” said Deputy Min­is­ter Mabuwa.

The body would be ad­min­is­tered by the Zim­babwe Stan­dards Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity Act whose draft Bill has been for­warded to the At­tor­ney Gen­eral’s Of­fice for scru­tiny. — @Bian­caMlilo

Deputy Min­is­ter Chi­ratidzo Mabuwa

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