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UNBS releases list of goods for pre-export verification

By Vision Reporter

Added 16th April 2013 10:02 AM

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has released the first list of goods that will be subject to the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) programme.Food and food products, electrical and electronics including solar equipment, chemical products including cosmetics, toys and mosquito nets have been chosen as the first imports to be inspected in their countries of export.

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has released the first list of goods that will be subject to the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) programme.Food and food products, electrical and electronics including solar equipment, chemical products including cosmetics, toys and mosquito nets have been chosen as the first imports to be inspected in their countries of export.

By Billy Rwothungeyo

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has released the first list of goods that will be subject to the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) programme.

Food and food products, electrical and electronics including solar equipment, chemical products including cosmetics, toys and mosquito nets have been chosen as the first imports to be inspected in their countries of export.

The programme is compulsory for all goods and products for which the standards body has gazetted compulsory standards.

Kamusiime Barbara, the UNBS’ spokesperson explained why the fast batch was chosen:

“UNBS has chosen to start the implementation in a phased manner focusing of the most high risk categories based on a risk profiling. It looked at the most non-complying products - their impact to human health, environment and trade but also on related trade volumes.”

Other categories to follow are automotive products and inputs, mechanical materials and gas appliances, textile, leather, plastic and rubber products, furniture (wood and metal articles), paper and stationery and used products, including used vehicles.

A multi-sector committee has been set up by the trade ministry to monitor the PVoC implementation and add to or remove from the categories on a quarterly basis. PVoC is an inspection and verification programme carried out on goods by appointed inspection agents in the country of export.

UNBS hopes PVoC will minimise the risk of unsafe and substandard goods entering the country and protect consumers against dangerous, shoddy and substandard imported products.

Originally introduced in 2010, the standards scheme was suspended due to its unpopularity among some traders. In September, Cabinet sanctioned its re-establishment on December 3. However, it was postponed to June as the body sought to harmonise technical and logistical requirements.

PVoC is set to be re-introduced on June 1.

 

UNBS releases list of goods for pre-export verification

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