Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has organised a half day conference to sensitise importers and dealers in Southern Highlands on the pre-shipment verification of conformity to standards (PVoC) scheduled to start on 1st February, this year.
According to TBS Director General, Charles Ekelege, the conference to be held in Mbeya City next week is aimed at informing local importers and dealers about the commencement and procedure for PvoC.
He said participants are expected from Njombe, Iringa, Rukwa and Mbeya and that the bureau has already carried out similar seminars in Mwanza and Arusha regions.
PVoC is an assessment process used to verify that imported products are in conformity with requirements of applicable standards before shipment to a destination country, he said.
Already the government has contracted three international companies which would inspect all products at the country of origin before entering the Tanzanian market.
Ekelege said the companies were selected after meeting all conditions set by the organization.
Successful companies are SGS based in Geneva, Bureau Veritax based in France and Intertek of the United Kingdom.
He said all the companies have operations in various countries worldwide hence would ease inspection exercise.
He noted that if things go well the pre-shipment verification of conformity to standards (PVoC) project to screen qualities of products imported into the country was scheduled to start before end of next month.
He added that once implemented there would be no sub-standard goods which would be imported into the country because contracted companies would be liable for any imported poor quality products.
According to him the project is intended to prohibit the number of disqualified products shipped into the country and protect the local market against using non standards products.
The director general said Tanzania is competing for the East Africa and international markets, adding that in the circumstances, its products need to be of the required standards.
“We are facing high competition that needs quality products to compete. Our task is to ensure that the products that reach the market are of high standards,” he said, adding that the project will commence this month.
Ekelege explained the internationally-accepted accepted programme was already being implemented by other African countries including Kenya, Uganda and Botswana.
He noted assessing products to see whether they meet relevant standards further helped manufacturers to avoid costs of product failures in the market.