Dairy quota applications close early Oct

30 Sep 2013 07:40
WINDHOEK, 30 SEP (NAMPA) – Members of the dairy sector are required to register for the intended Dairy Market-Share Promotion Scheme, with quota applications closing on 08 October this year.
Registration is required in terms of Section 2 (1)(b) of the Import and Export Control Act of 1994.
At an information-sharing meeting held by the Meat Board of Namibia here on Friday, the Meat Board’s Manager of Information Systems Willem Schutz explained that in terms of the scheme, all dairy producers, processors, importers and exporters will be required to register with them prior to participating in the scheme.
“The way forward is to register as soon as possible, as quota applications for October close on 08 October, while the quota will be available on 12 October 2013,” he noted.
The scheme will be implemented by the Meat Board as authorised by the Minister of Trade and Industry in terms of Section 2(1)(b) of the Import and Export Control Act of 1994 (Act No.30 of 1994), which comes into force on 16 October 2013.
Cabinet granted approval to the Ministry of Trade and Industry in July this year to proceed with the instituting of interim quantitative restrictions on the importing of dairy products.
Short-term relief sought by the local dairy sector was instituted in terms of the relevant provisions of the Import and Export Act (Act No. 30 of 1994).
It is, however, envisaged that a permanent control measure will be instituted through an amendment to the Meat Industry Act of 1981 (Act No. 12).
According to Schutz, strict rules must be adhered to in order for those in the dairy sector to become part of the scheme, which includes a summary of a 12-month import history with proof (such as invoices); and the supply of a stock-level report and import needs per month.
If more than 500 000 or 200 000 litres per month are involved, it should be divided based on historic market share, and will be reviewed after every six months.
“Registration and documentation should be handed in as soon as possible. The registration will aid the management of the scheme, and ensure that communication and information is directed to the participating companies,” he stated.
The aim of the scheme is to promote the local production of dairy products; protect the industry against the importation of low-priced dairy products; and ensure a constant supply of dairy products in the case of disease or shortages in countries Namibia imports from.
As per Government notice, the following restrictions are set: a prescribed limit of 500 000 litres per month for importation into Namibia of milk and cream, not concentrated nor containing added sugar or other sweetening matter; and a prescribed limit of 200 000 litres per month for importation into Namibia of buttermilk, curdled milk and cream, yoghurt, kephir and other fermented or acidified milk and cream, whether or not concentrated or containing added sugar, or other sweetening matter or flavoured or containing added fruit, nuts or cocoa.