Goods produced in Mozambique will now have barcodes

23 May 2012

Packaging of goods produced in Mozambique will this year include its own barcodes, the communications coordinator of the Institute to Promote Small and Medium-sized Companies said Tuesday in Maputo.

On the sidelines of the presentation of the programme of the 3rd International Packaging Fair, Domingos Carlos said that next week GS1, the international organisation that sets out communication and coding standards for products across the world, would announce the result of a proposal put forward by 275 companies operating in Mozambique on creating barcodes for the country.

Domingos Carlos also said that the result of Mozambique’s application to be attributed a code that identifies its national products would be presented in Colombia, during the GS1 general meeting.

“During the application period, if there is anything that needs correcting they will tell us and, as so far they haven’t said anything, we can assume that the application will be approved,” said Domingos Carlos.

According to Carlos each year Mozambique loses around US$200 million due to importing packaging, from South Africa in particular, for its nationally-manufactured products.

A few years ago the Mozambican Ministry for Industry and Trade launched the Made in Mozambique seal to identify locally-produced products. (macauhub)