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5.5. Import licensing requirements
Zimbabwe introduced surcharges on certain products in violation of the letter and spirit of the COMESA Free Trade Area. Zimbabwe introduced Statutory Instrument 64 of 2016 , controlling the volumes of imports of products exported by Zambia to Zimbabwe Statutory Instrument (SI 64 of 2016),requires that import licenses be obtained from the Ministry of Industry and Commerce before importation of a wide range of products. The instrument is in force and is being implemented
- Status note
During the meeting of NTbs Focal Points held on 19- 21 August , Zimbabawe reported that SI 64 was repealed by SI 122 . Import licences are no longer required .
- Progress update note
1. On 30 October 2017, Zimbabwe Focal Point reported that Statutory Instrument 64 of 2016 has been consolidated with other Statutory Instruments through SI 122 of 2017 which was gazetted on 22 September 2017. The consolidated SI removed the requirement for import and export licences on some products.
2. On 15th June 2017, Zimbabwe Focal Point reported that SI 64 of 2016 is being reviewed with the aim of removing some products from import licencing.
3. At the 5th Meeting of the COMESA NTB Focal Points held in Nairobi form 23-25 August 2016, Zambia confirmed that the NTB was still pending resolution by Zimbabwe. In response , Zimbabwe reported that Permanent Secretaries of Zimbabwe and Zambia met and agreed that Zimbabwe should communicate all the measures that had been taken and any future measures well on time for the information of trading partners . The parties agreed to meet regularly to share information and discuss mutually beneficial matters of interest to the two countries . Zimbabwe undertook to notify COMESA about the Statutory Instrument 64 by 31 October 2016.
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Zimbabwe: Ministry of Industry & Commerce (Government institution)
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