Never mind the desert, we’ll grow fruits

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Southern Times Writer

The Namibian Agronomic Board is taking steps to reduce imports of fruits and vegetables, while at the same time boosting local production of the commodities.

The board said this would be done in line with the Market Share Promotion (MSP) scheme, aimed at stimulating local production and trade of horticultural products in Namibia.

As from August 1, 2020, 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 per consignment, in line with MSP requirements. All imported fresh/chilled-cut fruit and vegetable products will be subjected to an import levy of five percent and a trader levy of 1,4 percent calculated at landed cost.

Import permits for fresh/chilled cut fruit and vegetable products will only be issued to registered horticulture importers/traders.

All importers of frozen fruit and vegetable products (single line or mixed) will be required to obtain an import permit, with importation subject to a fee of R45 per permit. Initially, importation of all frozen fruit and vegetable products will not form part of the MSP scheme and hence no levies will be applicable.

Horticulture market manager for development Emilie Abraham said each permit issued must be accompanied by a supplier invoice indicating the weight and value of the imports.

“Importers/traders of all fresh/chilled- cut and frozen fruit and vegetable products are advised to comply with the regulatory requirements. As from 1 August 2020, the NAB inspectors will randomly inspect all cooler trucks carrying fresh produce, and any non-compliance will be handled in terms of the existing punitive measures for illegal importation,” said Abraham.

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