Angola boosts supervision of imports by adopting world standards

1 June 2006

Lisbon, Portugal, 01 June – Angola is to boost supervision of the goods entering the country, by applying new customs legislation following the standards of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Angola’s Trade Minister said in Lisbon Tuesday.

With the new legal regime, which is due to be in place in just over a month, Angola “can meet the criteria of the WTO” and prevent the entry of “goods that are not fit for consumption,” said Minister Joaquim Icuma Muafuma, on the sidelines of the “Exports to Angola with New Rules,” organized by the Portugal-Angola Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The new law, which has already been approved by the government and is currently awaiting publication, alters the inspection system to which goods arriving in Angola will be subjected.

With the new regime, customs services will now have the power to determine local inspections, even if these have already been carried out.

According to Muafuma, the new law “increases the control on products entering the country,” bringing to an end a situation in which Angola “received any product that came in, without bowing to any real supervision,” affecting the “health and defense of the consumer.”

In 2005, Angola was the ninth biggest destination for Portuguese exports, with sales of goods and services of around 800 million euros.

In the first quarter of 2006, year on year growth of exports to Angola increased by 49 percent, driven by sales of machines and equipment, plastics, chemicals and agro-food products. (macauhub)