Friday, July 12, 2024

Mozambique introduces innovative assessment tool to raise quality in exports and imports

The Mozambican government, through the Ministry of Industry and Trade, has launched a new instrument for assessing the quality of products, in order to guarantee exports and imports within internationally accepted parameters.

This is a new phytosanitary certificate, which replaces the previous one and aims to improve certification methods in the light of World Trade Organization (WTO) regulations.

“The aim of the new certificate is to be able to indicate at the base what type of cleaning, treatment and quality improvement methods have been carried out,” assured the Minister of Industry and Trade, Silvino Moreno, last Friday, December 22, during a second ordinary session of the National Trade Facilitation Committee.

On the occasion, the minister, quoted by the Mozambican Information Agency (AIM), explained that the aim of the new certificate is to contain elements that make it possible to assess whether the products to be exported have the necessary quality.

“Products, especially plants and animals, over time, or when they are harvested, always have some impurities, which is why laboratory analyses are necessary,” he added, stressing that WTO member countries are prohibited from taking diseases from their food or agricultural products to other countries, and the only way to avoid this is to use laboratories “and certify” them.

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