Imports ban: Sout Africa engages Zimbabwe

South Africa has engaged Zimbabwe over its restrictions of imports to boost local industries, saying such a move had negative implications on intra-regional trade.

BY BUSINESS REPORTER

Three weeks ago, the government promulgated Statutory Instrument (S1) 64 of 2016, which restricted the importation of certain products in an ambitious drive to promote local
industries.

It said those who wanted to import the products had to secure a permit, which costs $30 and is valid for three months, but only after convincing authorities with reasons why the products should be brought into the country.

In a statement on Sunday, South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) spokesperson, Sidwell Medupe said because of the adverse impact on South African exporters, engagements have been made over the matter.

“On behalf of the South African government, Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies has been engaging the Zimbabwean government bilaterally and through the Sadc structures to find an amicable solution that is in accordance with Zimbabwe’s obligations of the Sadc Protocol on Trade, while at the same time being sensitive to Zimbabwe’s industrial development and balance of payments challenges,” he said.

Zimbabwe’s position, Medupe said, was that “these trade restrictions are necessary to support the development of local industries and to relieve the pressure of economic sanctions, which have led to balance of payments challenges”.

Medupe said at a recent meeting of the Sadc committee of Trade ministers, South Africa and Zimbabwe were requested to report to the regional bloc on the implications of these measures for the coherence of the Sadc trade protocol.The import ban was condemned by cross border traders.

Last week, government tweaked the import ban by specifying the quantities of products individuals can import into the country.

A Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) notice released last week said individuals could bring into the country, among other items, a maximum of 1kg coffee creamers (Cremora), cereals (2kg), hair products (6 packets of a weight not exceeding 1,5kg), washing powder (4kg), mayonnaise or salad creams (not exceeding 2 litres) and bar soap (box of 24).
There are also potato crisps (one pack of 12 of 125g each), peanut butter (2kg), jams (2kg), canned fruits and vegetables (2kg), yoghurt (1kg), cheese (1kg), juice blend (4 litres), camphor creams, white petroleum jellies (180ml) as well as shoe polish (one pack of 12 of 50ml or 40g each).
Zimra said the allowance was granted once a month on the first entry only.

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3 Comments

  1. i for see great retaliation from our neighboring countries due to these uninformed policies

    The permits are not coming out we have evidence of trucks stuck at the border its now the third week.

    ma directors acho are always out of office attending meetings instead of signing permits. Issues are not being resolved too much bureaucracy.

    the SI 64 has also affected manufacturers big time the same suffering industry is being bleeded more we now of raw materials sitting at the border for three weeks now. Ministry of Industry be serious everyday people are following up on permits which are not coming out 3000 permits is nothing compared to number of required permits why not have an online application sysytem production being affected by people going up and down to yourinistry apa huhwori hwatotanga people payig push for permits to come out if you dont pay haibude

  2. The Zimbabwe government negotiated in bad faith in the first place, by saying it would import 40% of the country’s requirements using the Rand and 40% using the US dollar.This import restriction is a breach of contract and the motives are not clear as there are no corresponding strategy to resuscitate the local industry.

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