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Inspection & Regulation of Imports


Inspectorate | Import Permit Requirements | Levies

In terms of the NAMBoard Act No. 13 of 1985, it is mandatory that NAMBoard maintain a record of traders who import scheduled agricultural products in the country. NAMBoard endeavours at all times to promote locally produced products for exports to enhance the livelihood of the local farmers.

NAMBoard import and export of scheduled agricultural products regulation notice No. 8 (amendments) effective 1st June 2013:

Types of Permits and Validity
1.0 Registration
Importers, Exporters and Transistors of all scheduled agricultural products are required to apply and register for the year.

2.0 Export Permit (Valid for 30 days)
Permit fee E100.00

3.0 Transit (Valid for 30 days)
Permit fee E250

4.0 Animal Feed (Valid for 30 days)
(a) Large scale E225.00
(b) Small Holder (maximum import of 20 bags) E100.00

5.0 Popcorn Import (Valid for 30 days)
Permit fee E100.00

6.0 Yellow Maize (Valid for 30 days)
(a) Large scale E225.00
(b) Small scale E100.00

7.0 Maize starch (Valid for 30 days)
Permit fee 500

8.0 Unused Permit
E75.00 fee will be charged for each unused permit.

9.0 Surcharge for not returning a permit in time
E200.00 per month will be charged for each permit not returned within 15 days after due date.

10.0 Lost Declaration Form
A search fee of E150.00 (not refundable) will be charged; after search has been done the importer will pay the due levy based on the value of imports or previous declarations or other estimates.

11.0 Responsibility
All permits are the property of NAMBoard; Traders are responsible for the safekeeping of permits.
Issuance of a trader's permit shall be stopped if a trader repeatedly loses his/her permit.
A penalty fee of E150.00 will be charged for a lost permit.
Borrowing, sharing or renting out of permits is illegal.
A fine of E150.00 will be issued to a permit holder found to be misusing a permit.

12.0 Offence and Penalty
A penalty fee of 30% of invoice value will be charged for non/under/false declaration.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What happens if I don’t use my permit or do not return it on time?
You will be charged E75.00 for the unused permit. You will be charged E200.00 per month for a permit not retuned within 15 days after due date.

What happens if I lose my permit?
You will be charged E150.00 for the lost permit. You will also pay the due levy based on the value of imports or previous declarations or other estimates.

What is the penalty for under declaration?
A fee equal to 30% of your revised invoice amount.

What is my responsibility as a permit holder?
You are responsible for the safekeeping of your permit. You should not lend, share or rent out your permit. All permits are the property of NAMBoard.

The inspectorate document is available here