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The Namibian Agronomic Board (NAB) recently announced a strict regulation on the importation of fresh fruit and vegetables, requiring all horticulture importers to be registered from 1 August onwards. This is an attempt to protect local growers from excessive competition.

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

Limiting importation of processed products

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

Under the new regulation and in line with MSP requirements, all importers of fresh/chilled cut fruit and vegetable products (single line or mixed) will be required to obtain a free import permit, issued per consignment, from the NAB. These products will be subject to an import levy of 5% and a trader levy of 1,4%, calculated at landed cost. – FreshPlaza