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SAZ set to act on inferior imports

Godfrey Marawanyika

THE Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ) is set to undertake a national study of quality control on imported and exported products to protect consumers.

face=”Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>Already SAZ has floated a tender to scout for firms that will assess both import and export products.

The latest development comes at a time when central bank governor Gideon Gono raised concerns on the sub-standard goods being imported into the country and appealed to SAZ to take protective action for consumers.

The safety board has said that it has now found it necessary to undertake a feasibility study into its involvement in import and export quality control.

The study comes in the wake of an influx of poor quality commodities that have flooded the country over the past two years, mostly from China. SAZ has not taken action arguing that it has no mandate to do so.

While addressing a meeting convened by the Consumer Council of Zimbabwe on Friday last week, Gono said there was need for the protection of consumers from buying sub-standard products.

“The quality of consumer products and service delivery are key determinants of the well-being of consumers. Quality in this respect transcends considerations on mere perfection of visual make, scent or execution of service provisions. Rather, it encompasses the need to uphold minimum health standards and safety requirements that best suit requirements of humanity,” Gono said.

“We call upon quality control bodies in government as well as those in the private sector, such as the Standards Association of Zimbabwe, to join hands and protect the vulnerable consumers from the claws of peddlers of sub-standard goods and services in our markets.”

In December the government, through Statutory Instrument 223 of 2004, amended the Customs and Excise Act to allow for punitive tariffs on mostly Asian imports that have flooded the local market.

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