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URGENT Notice by The European Union Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Southern Africa, in association with Bureau Veritas.

NOTICE TO ALL EXPORTERS TO ZIMBABWE AND CLEARING AGENTS

IMPLEMENTATION OF A CONFORMITY AND VALUATION PROGRAMME
The Government of Zimbabwe would like to inform the general public and business community in particular, that a programme to have consignments verified in the country of export has been put in place. The CBCA (Consignment Based Conformity Assessment) programme is intended to substantially reduce hazardous and substandard imported products and improve Customs duty collection.
Within this CBCA programme, conformity to standards and declared value of goods intended to be exported to Zimbabwe will be verified prior shipment in the country of export. Upon satisfactory verification, a CBCA certificate will be issued for the consignment. This certificate shall be presented for Customs clearance on arrival in Zimbabwe.
The categories of goods subject to the programme currently include the following:
Food and agricultural products, building and civil engineering, timber and timber products, petroleum and fuel, packaging material, electrical/electronic appliances, body care, automotive and transportation, clothing and textile, engineering equipment, mechanical appliances, toys.
The business community is urged to inform their suppliers of the implementation of the CBCA program. The suppliers should then contact Bureau Veritas, the Conformity assessment company appointed for the verification in exporting regions. Details on http://verigates.bureauveritas.com. Requests for certificates may also be sent to conformity.zimbabwe@bureauveritas.com. From 16th of March 2015 plus 2 months, any consignment will have to be verified prior being shipped to Zimbabwe. Any consignment including goods mentioned here-above, not accompanied with the required CBCA certificate will be refused entry into the country.
Compliant exporters will be able to benefit from fast track procedures reducing systematic intervention on their frequent exports to Zimbabwe. For the detailed list of products visit the ministry website http://www.mic.gov.zw and for further enquiries forward an email to mic@mic.gov.zw.