Refrain from buying substandard products

TANZANIANS have been urged to refrain from buying substandard and counterfeit products for their own betterment and the country’s economic prosperity.

Mbeya Regional Commissioner, Mr. Abbas Kandoro made the call recently in Mbeya region when opening a one day Pre-Shipment Verification of Conformity to Standards (PVoC)  pre-implementation conference for major stakeholders in the importation industry.

Mr. Kandoro said all Tanzanians should be responsible for ensuring that substandard products do not enter in the Tanzanian market, instead of letting TBS alone to do the job.

“Our country is big, with many entry points including unofficial ones, which allows the influx of substandard products. We now need to change our attitude by buying only quality products,” said Mr. Kandoro.

He elaborated that substandard goods affect the economy in different ways, including loss of government revenue and high unemployment as substandard products deny the domestic industries the opportunity to expand production and scare off potential investors to establish their presence in Tanzania.

Mr. Kandoro commended the government’s initiative to control the influx of substandard imported products by implementing PVoC scheme which is due to start on 1st February, 2012. He said under the PVoC scheme, products to be imported into Tanzania will be verified for conformity to the applicable national standards or approved international or foreign standards before shipment.

In her welcoming remarks the TBS Director of Quality Management, Mrs. Kezia Mbwambo said TBS will continue to create awareness among stakeholders so that they can easily cope with PVoC. So far TBS has conducted pre-implementation conferences in Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Mwanza and Mbeya.

PVoC is a conformity assessment and verification procedure applied to goods at exporting countries, to ensure they are in conformity with the Tanzania standards or approved equivalents. Under this programme, before shipping to Tanzania, all consignments subject to PVoC must obtain a Certificate of Conformity (CoC), without which the commodities arriving at Tanzania ports and entry points will not be allowed entry.

The programme is carried out by authorized third-party agencies (PVoC partners) and consists of physical inspection with combination of laboratory testing, documentary review and factory audits, where necessary.