Tanga — TANZANIA Bureau of Standards (TBS) has extended initiatives to ensure that substandard goods do not flood the market. Speaking on Friday during a one day meeting with importers at the Horohoro border, TBS Director of Quality Management, Eng. Tumaini Mtitu said that the move will involve importers at all borders in the country.
She said TBS is carrying out a programme to educate importers to understand the necessary legal requirements they need to meet before importing goods into the country.
TBS is telling importers to check their goods and acquire verification certificates from countries of origin before shipping them into the country. She said this is a legal directive which every importer should abide to.
According to Engineer Tumaini, the import procedures are based on international agreements regarding international trade. She further said in the pre-shipment verification of conformity from countries of origin would assure TBS that the goods to be imported are up to standard, and this will control the flow of substandard goods in the country, thus protecting consumers.
"We take time to educate importers so that they do not incur losses. Substandard goods will be destroyed and the culprits heavily fined.
We want them to follow international standards and the country's laws and regulations," she said. She further said substandard goods are threatening the well-being of the economy and welfare of customers. She said TBS will continue to collaborate with other institutions and stakeholders.