Complaint number
NTB Type
1.8. Import bans  
Department of Livestock & Veterinary Services have issued a letter stating they are banning honey imports to protect their honey industry from disease. In the same letter, they state that there is plenty of local honey available so importers should buy local.
Zambezi Gold Honey from Zambia has been imported to Zimbabwe by Le Sel Distribution (Zimbabwean Company) for 6 years now. No complaint has ever been made.
No analyses have been shown to Le Sel (the importer) to prove disease exists.
Zimbabwe Vet Services has refused to consider any exemptions.  
Status note
The Program Officer - Sanitary and Phytosanitary in the SADC Secretariat reported that the NTB-692 on honey import ban from Zambia implemented by the Department of Veterinary Services of Zimbabwe had been resolved. Issuance of permits had resumed.

The SQAM - SPS Programme (Standards – SABF Sub-group) in collaboration with GIZ had actively engaged the Department of Veterinary Services for the timely resolution of the NTB.

We thank officials of the Department of Veterinary Services of Zimbabwe for their cooperation.  
Progress update note
On 19 April 2016, Zimbabwe Focal point reported that they had requested the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development to respond to the complaint. Feedback would be provided as soon a response is received from the Ministry .  
Policy or regulatory NTB
Zimbabwe: Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation & Irrigation. Department of Livestock & Veterinary Services (Government institution)  
Reporting Country or Region
Date of incident
Date of resolution
Product Description
Total value
Date reported
2016-04-18 17:14  
2016-07-20 21:19