A total of 7727 Certificates of Conformity (CoCs) have already been received by the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) since the introduction of Pre-Shipment Verification of Conformity to Standard (PVoC) programme on 1st February, 2012.
The Tanzania Bureau of Standards Acting Director General, Mr. Leandri Kinabo revealed this recently during the grant of licences ceremony which was held at TBS Headquarters in Dar es Salaam.
Mr. Kinabo said PVoC programme which requires imported goods to be inspected in countries of origin before shipment, has shown a good sign of success as there is already a sharp decrease of substandard products in the Tanzanian market.
“We caution all importers that TBS will dispose or send back all products proved not to adhere to the required standards at their own (importers’) expense,” warned Mr. Kinabo adding that importers should contact TBS for any clarification on PVoC procedures to avoid any such inconvenience.
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, consignments must obtain a Certificate of Conformity (CoC) without which the commodities arriving at Tanzania ports and entry points are not allowed entry.
During the event, Mr. Kinabo granted 44 certificates to manufacturers, whereby 35 were granted with standards mark licences, four were granted standards mark licence extension and five manufacturers were granted tested product certificates.
Manufacturers granted with standards mark licences were JK Tyre Industries of China, Boko Packers, Magzeda Natural Food Products, Techpack(T) Ltd., ALAF Ltd., TURU Trading Co. Ltd., Miyombo Golden Resources Co. Ltd., Kikundi cha Kijamii Kiboko, and Konnectt Wires and Cables Ltd.
Others include Wande Printing and Packaging Co. Ltd., PLASCO Ltd., Makini Botanical, Shinyanga Emporium (1978) Ltd., Darsh Industries Ltd., Jinyu Group (Hong Kong) Ltd. – China, Mineral Oil Corporation Ltd., Hangzhou Zongce Rubber Co. Ltd., Yellow Sea Rubber Co. Ltd., Jacma Enterprises, Samson Rubber Industries (PVT) and Vechson (PVT) Ltd.
Mabeja General Supplies, Silafrica (T) Ltd., Kyimbila Tea Packaging Co. Ltd., Nyati Nanyal Goodlime, Zan Bottling Ltd., Panasonic Gobel Energy, Banana Group, Zengcheng Benma Industrial Co. Ltd., Fish Eagle Industries Ltd., Bajaj Auto Ltd., Tanganyika Instant Coffee Co. Ltd., Homestay Co. Ltd. and Stanley Trading LLC were also granted with standard mark licences.
Under licence extension companies are Makini Botanical, SBC Tanzania Ltd., Tanzania Distilleries Ltd. and Boko Packers while Sanet Paving and Blocks, Insignia Ltd., Mineral Oil Corporation Ltd., Tembo Tiles and Natureripe Kilimanjaro Ltd. Were granted tested product certificates.