Namibia to regulate importation of fruits, vegetables to protect local producers

The Namibian Agronomic Board (NAB) on Tuesday announced a strict regulation on the importation of fresh fruits and vegetables, requiring all horticulture importers to be registered from August 1 to protect local producers from excessive competition.

According to the NAB, this is done in line with the Market Share Promotion (MSP) scheme, aimed at stimulating local production and trade of horticultural products in Namibia. The regulation is done to promote a growth at home strategy implemented by the NAB.

The NAB said the decision to control the importations of fruits and vegetables was taken following a widespread increase in importation of primary processed fruit and vegetable products that can be easily produced in Namibia using raw materials sourced locally.

“All importers of fresh/chilled-cut fruit and vegetable products (single line or mixed) will be required to obtain a free import permit from the NAB issued per consignment, in line with MSP requirements. All imported fresh/chilled-cut fruit and vegetable products will be subjected to an import levy of 5 percent and a trader levy of 1.4 percent calculated at landed cost,” NAB said.

The NAB also added that import permits for fresh/chilled-cut fruit and vegetable products will only be issued to registered horticulture importers/traders.

“As a result any company wishing to import the above aforementioned product must register with the NAB before applying for import permits,” NAB said.