The volume of imports has reduced with the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) recording a drop in the number of inspections conducted on imported products in 2015 compared to 2014.
Bureau head of marketing and public relations Hazel Zulu said a total of 2,476 assorted products were inspected through various borders in the last three months of 2015 while the same period of 2014 recorded a total of 3,731 products.
“These products were inspected for compliance to standards at the points of entry by the end of 2015. The drop is attributed to the reduction in the volume of imports that entered into the country especially during the last quarter of 2015,” Ms Zulu said.
She said products inspected included fertilizer, chemical products, rubber products and textile materials. Others were construction materials and food items. Used motor vehicles were however excluded.
Ms Zulu said Livingstone in 2015 recorded the highest number of inspected imported products at 388 in December, while in 2014; Nakonde recorded the highest number of inspected imports at 799 in December 2014.
She said borders manned by ZABS included Nakonde, Livingstone, Katima Mulilo, Kazungula, Chirundu, Chanida and Mwami.
Ms Zulu urged various importers to work hand in hand with the Bureau to ensure that imports met the set requirements
“In the dawn of 2016, we urge various importers to work hand in hand with ZABS to ensure that the imports that they are bringing in are conforming to the set Zambian standards and also to ensure that they follow importation requirements in accordance with the standards act cap 416 of the laws of Zambia,” she said.