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Pre-shipment inspection confusing - traders

28th April 2012
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Importers have requested the government to explain clearly on the products needed to be inspected before being shipped to Tanzania in order to remove confusion between them and the supervising organ.

Speaking in Dar es Salaam during the half day awareness seminar organised by the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS), they said there are some materials which do not need inspection.

The seminar was convened to educate traders and members of Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) on the new pre-inspection procedures established by the government.

“I understand that raw materials do not need inspection, when I looked at the list of products I found that it is supposed to be inspected, so you have to tell us clearly what is needed,” Said Mohammed from Bahresa group of companies said.

He said there is a need to review all products needed to be inspected at the country of origin before being shipped to Tanzania in order to alleviate problems which might happen.

Mohammed also urged the bureau to continue educating people on the importance of quality products since it would reduce importation of substandard goods.

Flora Njau from Tanzania Portland Cement Company (TPCC) said there is a need to address challenges brought about by the new system.

She said many traders do not understand clearly the lists of products to be inspected and urged TBS to provide the information.

Herryad Malewo from Mohan Oysterbay, hailed the new system saying it would help to curb importation of fake products and save local factories from collapse.

He requested the government to provide them with a one-year grace period in order to finalise the procedure
“As you know some of us have already ordered goods from abroad, I request the government to allow us to clear the goods,” he said.

For her part, the TBS Director of Quality Control, Kezia Mbwambo, said the bureau would continue educating people on the new procedure and that the government had started taking measures to reduce the importation of substandard products in the country.

The measure known as pre-export verification of conformity to standards (PVOC), which came into effect in February, this year, intended to ensure that only quality products were imported.

Conformity assessment includes physical inspection before shipment, sampling, testing and analysis in accredited laboratories and audit of product processes and systems.

She said the bureau has issued over 12,000 certificates of conformity to various traders under destination inspection since its establishment more than 10 years ago.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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