ZAMBIA Bureau of Standards (ZABS) has opened an inspectorate office at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA) to enhance compliance of standards by products airfreighted from any place in the world.
According to head of marketing and public relations, Hazel Zulu, ZABS was confident that the opening of the KKIA office ‘‘will effectively provide monitoring and quality control to ensure safety of regulated products that are either imported or exported through the airport’’.
“We have noted with concern that a reasonable number and assortment of products that enter the country through this route are of interest to ZABS as some of them fall under mandatory standards.
“As you know, all products that fall under mandatory standards are regulated by ZABS and therefore it is imperative that such products are inspected and tested for quality and safety,” he said.
Ms Zulu said the KKIA office became operational last month and it had already recorded about 200 product inspections.
She explained that the products that had recorded the highest inspection volumes so far were condoms and electrical appliances.
She said both of these products fell under mandatory standards and must therefore be tested and inspected to safeguard public health and safety.
“We are confident that the opening of the KKIA office will effectively provide monitoring and quality control to ensure safety of regulated products that are either imported or exported through the airport.
“We want to appeal to importers to ensure that they cooperate with our inspectors and to familiarise themselves with all the inspection procedures to help ease their cargo passage at the airport,” she said.
Ms Zulu said ZABS had provincial offices in nine of the 10 provinces and that plans were under way to open an office in Kabwe before the end of this year.
“We would like to assure the public and other stakeholders that ZABS is committed to ensuring that only quality and safe products are found on the market countrywide,” she said.