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Monday, October 18, 2021

Trade ministry attaches import license to essential commodities

Press release

The Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment wishes to inform the general public especially the importers of essentially commodities that the essential commodity Act, enacted in 2015 is being brought into force. The Act aims to regulate importation, distribution and retailing of essential commodities to ensure availability at fair and reasonable prices.

The Act requires importers of essentially commodities to obtain an import license from the Ministry to be able to import these commodities. The essential commodities in question are rice, sugar, edible oil, flour, chicken legs, whole chicken, onions and potatoes.

In this regard, the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment is reintroducing the licensing system and hereby informs all importers of the above commodities to obtain an import license from the Ministry with immediate effect. The enforcement of the import license will commence by 1st May 2021. No importer will be allowed to import the above commodities without an import license. The application form and the guidelines can be collected from the Ministry from Monday to Thursday during working hours (8:00 am –4:00 pm) and all completed application forms should be submitted to the same Ministry.

This Ministry requests the understanding and cooperation of the general public particularly the importers in this exercise.

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