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‘Firms planning to export meat to Saudi Arabia should register’

TRYNESS TEMBO, Lusaka
THE Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) has called on Zambians intending to export meat, fish and poultry products to Saudi Arabia to register with that country’s food and drug authority website to acquire the new export requirements.
This follows the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, through its Food and Drug Authority’s introduction of new procedures for organisations wishing to export fish, meat and poultry products.
According to a statement availed to the Daily Mail by ZDA yesterday, all firms that trade and have interest in exporting to Saudi Arabia should register on-line.
“ZDA is in receipt of correspondence from the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Zambia regarding export requirements for slaughter houses, meat and fish processing organisations.
“We request that firms trading or may be interested in exporting to that country [Saudi Arabia] take interest to register on-line as guided by information provided by the website,” the agency says.
The agency has also urged Zambians intending to export products to Zanzibar to adhere to pre-export verification in conformity with standards which have been introduced by Tanzania.
This follows Tanzanian Ministry of Trade, Industry and marketing’s introduction of the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity to Standards (PVoC) programme in Zanzibar.
ZDA says the programme will be implemented through the Zanzibar Bureau of Standards.
“The programme implies that all exporters of products to Zanzibar will be subjected to pre-export verification in conformity to standards under the Zanzibar Bureau of Standards.
“In view of this, all firms who export to Zanzibar are requested to take interest in this new development,” the statement reads.
The agency says the programme has been effected on all goods exported to Zanzibar effective August 1, 2016.