THE number of inspections on general imported goods in the second quarter of 2016 increased by 51.5 percent owing to adherence to importation procedures by various importing companies, says Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) head of marketing and public relations, Hazel Zulu .
Ms Zulu said in a statement that the products were inspected to ensure that they conformed to the required and set Zambian standards and to also check that they were reliable and safe for public use and consumption.
She explained that the increase in the level of compliance was also due to improved economic activity in Zambia as importers had brought in more goods in the second quarter than the first quarter.
“We are happy with this development as it reflects our commitment to ensuring that only safe, reliable and quality products enter our country.
“We would like to assure the public, particularly consumers, that we will not relent but guarantee that they get value for their money by getting quality goods,” he said. Ms Zulu said the bureau in first quarter of 2016 inspected 3,915 product consignments imported from various countries while 5,932 consignments were inspected in the second quarter, bringing the total number of goods inspected between January and June this year to 9,847.
“The products entered Zambia through various border entry points particularly Nakonde, Chirundu, Livingstone, Katima Mulilo, Kazungula, Chanida and Mwami borders.
This shows a progression of 2,017 product consignments which translates into 51.5 percent,” she said.
She said goods inspected included food items which were 620, chemicals which were 1, 480, fertilizer consignments were 1, 519 and rubber products which were 161.
“Other inspected items include electrical items which were 426, construction materials which were 13, fuel products which were 1,424 and 138 consignments of textile materials. The consignment for beverages was 151.
“ZABS would like to assure the public that the institution will remain steadfast in providing inspection services on goods that fall under its mandate to protect the consumer from buying defective and dangerous products,” she said.
Ms Zulu had since urged importers to consistently follow importation procedures so that their products are inspected for safety and quality assurance.