NAMIBIA– The Meat Board of Namibia has announced the introduction of new application forms for meat imports, exports and in-transit permits effective September 1 2023.

This was announced in a statement issued by Meat Board chief executive officer Paul Strydom notifying traders and producers of the new changes.

According to the CEO, the new permit application will simplify the application process, especially in relation to the classification of products in terms of the harmonized system of coding of the World Customs Organization.

“Under the new prescribed forms, permit applicants will no longer fill in product specifications, but will be expected to simply select products on a pre-determined list and fill in the relevant quantity,” he said.

He added that the new prescribed application forms will be accessed by sending an email to ‘email protected’ and the Meat Board will be open for comments on the forms from affected parties until 29 August at 16h30.

The Meat Board emphasized its commitment to attaining a high level of procedure simplification and alignment to foster efficient trade in the livestock and meat industry.

The Board highlights its vision as to be an internationally recognized organisation that promotes a profitable, vibrant, quality-driven Namibian meat industry in local and international markets.

Over the last two decades, meat production on the African continent has almost doubled, from 11.59 million metric tons in 2000 to 19.88 million metric tons in 2020.

The rapid growth of meat consumption in Africa has provided attractive opportunities for investors, but making production more efficient, protecting the environment and improving the lot of smallholders pose many challenges.

In the meantime, the Kenyan government is set to establish Isiolo Meat City Special Economic Zone meant to radically transform the economy of Northern Kenya.

Speaking during a tour of Isiolo County, Trade Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria said the government seeks to ensure that for every animal that is slaughtered, there will be zero percentage waste.

The CS says Isiolo Meat City will make such losses a thing of the past thus significantly improving the livelihoods of the people of Northern Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia.

Isiolo Governor Abdi Guyo added that the national government has already secured a reliable market for the abattoir’s meat and meat products in Europe, China, and Middle East countries such as Oman, with the Isiolo International Airport set to facilitate the export to ensure the meat gets to the international market while fresh.

He also noted that the facility will have a capacity of slaughtering 10,000 cows, 15,000 goats and sheep and 5,000 camels a day.

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