Private quality control company loses monopoly in Angola

27 May 2013

The Angolan government decided to put an end to the monopoly of private Angolan company Bromangol for quality control of imported and national products, opening up the business to other laboratories, officials said in Luanda Friday.

According to Angolan news agency Angop, the ministers of Finance, Armando Manuel, and Trade, Rosa Pacavira, signed a protocol to open up the sector to other laboratories, mainly state ones, with a view to reducing waiting times and costs of customs clearance at Angola’s ports.

A price table was also published at the same time, which will standardise prices for food quality testing at quality control laboratories licensed by the Health Ministry.

The price table sets out a minimum price of 20,000 kwanzas (US$207) for microbiological or bacteriological tests, to check for salmonella and other higher prices procedures.

The director of the National Laboratory for Trade and quality of the Trade Minister, Manuel Vangajala Soki, said that a benchmark laboratory would be set up in Viana, Luanda, as well as another four provinces.

The procedures in place and the price list led to meetings, in March, between the National Customs Directorate and customs brokers to try to find a solution for the high costs and delays in imported goods being cleared at the port of Luanda.

The costs of laboratory analyses were so high that a straightforward salmonella test cost over US$5,000. (macauhub)