Importers told to ship only inspected goods

19Mar 2016
Our Reporter
The Guardian
Importers told to ship only inspected goods

Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has issued a stern warning to all importers of goods from abroad to ensure they inspect their consignments to the bureau’s agents stationed in particular countries before making any shipment into the country.

TBS Director General Joseph Masikitiko addressing one of the furums recently.

Despite being into force nearly four years now, the execution of re-shipment verification of conformity to standards (PVoC) programme for products to be imported into the country has been taking a snail’s pace.

PVoC programme requires importers to have their consignments tested and verified in countries of origin before shipment to Tanzania, thus improving the clearing process and hence facilitating trade.

But yesterday, TBS vowed not to agree with any defensive measures from importers who fail to stick to the laid down rules.
“If anyone is not aware of the inspection procedures should better reach us for advice,” the statement issued yesterday by the TBS Director General Joseph Masikitiko said in part.

PVoC’s main objectives are to ensure that goods comply with relevant standards before shipment to protect public health, consumer safety and the environment.

This is besides enhancing efficiency in the clearance of goods hence facilitating trade, and protecting local industries from unfair competition from substandard imports.

Early this year, TBS launched a vigorous drive to remove from the market substandard products including fake and second-hand tyres, a campaign which aimed at ensuring that only genuine and approved motor vehicle tyres are sold in the local market.

TBS DG revealed this when he unveiled the bureau’s 2016 Plan to rid the local market of substandard imported and locally-made products.

“We are capable of starting this campaign as we have the personnel to take up the challenge. We’re set to open offices in Mwanza, Mbeya, Arusha and the country’s border posts,” he said.

The campaign ought to target lubricants, solar panels, batteries, corrugated iron sheets, cement products, electric cables and second-hand clothes. “We have been receiving complaints on second-hand tyres.

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