ZABS sensitises cross border traders

THE Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) has intensified its efforts to educate importers on standards Act compliance.
ZABS head of marketing and public relations Hazel Zulu said importers, especially cross border traders, need to be sensitised on the ZABS role in trade facilitation so that they import products that meet Zambian standards.
“Last week, we met the executive of the Cross Borders Traders Association (CBTA) and the objective of the meeting was to educate them on the importation requirements and procedures for various regulated products and to help them ensure that the products are in conformity with the set standards,” Ms Zulu said in statement issued yesterday.
She said the CBTA were advised to partner and co-operate with ZABS whenever they planned to import products that fall under mandatory standards to ensure that products they bring in are safe, reliable and of the right quality.
“They were also advised to take advantage of the pre-clearance scheme of goods which aims to ensure minimum delays at borders and reduces cost of doing business. The meeting further helped ZABS to understand some of the challenges that cross border traders face as a result of lack of understanding of importation requirements and procedures,” Ms Zulu said.

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