exports story.jpgThe Freight Forwarders Association of Zimbabwe say importers are still experiencing bottlenecks in the movement of goods since the introduction of conformity compliance company, Bureau Veritas.

Freight forwarders have bemoaned challenges being faced by importers after Bureau Veritas was roped in by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce last year to asses quality of imported goods.

Bureau Veritas is a conformity compliance issuing international organisation and is a leader in testing, inspection and certification.

Freight Forwarders Association of Zimbabwe president Patrick Gwasera said the assessment and inspection of goods is resulting in high charges being imposed on importers.

“There is too much red tape. We do need standards to be maintained but the way things are being done is getting out of hand. Imagine you are bringing generators, you are told they need inspection but after that they levy generators and imagine there are eight containers. So we need to review whether we are really benefitting from this,” said Mr Gwasera.

The firm which operates in 140 countries worldwide including seven in Africa, currently offers pre-shipment services.

It was roped as a way of reducing imports of hazardous and substandard products into Zimbabwe.