Report by UNIDO
Guidelines for food products validated by Ministry of Trade, Industry and East African Community Affairs in order to facilitate Import and Export of food products to South Sudan
The Government of Japan and UNIDO welcome Ministry of Industry, Trade and EAC, having developed a set of import and export guidelines for goods, including processed foods and food products.
The guidelines, presented today for validation at an event in Juba, were prepared under UNIDO’s project “Increased resilience and self-help capacities for reconstruction of livelihoods and sustained nutritional food security in South Sudan” funded by the Government of Japan. The project, worth around USD 500,000, commenced in April 2017.
The Government of Japan continues to demonstrate a strong commitment for Humanitarian, Capacity Building, and Development projects in South Sudan. As one of such examples, UNIDO project mentioned above targets to strengthen self-help capacities of South Sudanese citizens, promote employment opportunities for young people and women, and demonstrate a variety of business activities, including agro and food processing and micro-enterprise trade. The new guidelines will serve the interests of importers, exporters, regulators, local businesses and consumers and provide them with an overview of international trade standards for food to be imported into and exported from South Sudan.
They also have an overview of the commercial food importing and exporting process for local businesses, information on key South Sudan trade facilitation institutions and the role they play in relation to trade facilitation.
The guidelines offer information on step-by-step procedures and processes, including customs declarations and documentation, ways of dealing with food imports and export procedures, as well as duties, tariffs and taxes.
It is expected that the guideline will have a tangible impact on South Sudan’s trade by standardizing its product exchange procedures. They will facilitate trade by assuring that the country’s imports and exports comply with regulations and by simplifying the process of trade.
Earlier in 2013 reports indicated that Food safety remains a concern in the country.
South Sudan is still faced with challenges of assuring food and drug quality control as the 18-month old country has not yet established facilities to certify the quality of consumable goods.
Tons of expired food commodities or with less quality ingredients as well as fake human and animal drugs are believed to have been finding their ways into the country every year without being detected by the authorities.
The government however on Friday announced seriousness to embark on ways and means of resolving the matter by establishing a standard laboratory for testing of food and drugs and avoid the health risks involved in the status quo.
This came in a meeting on Friday between the then Vice President, Riek Machar Teny, and the senior management of Cometa Scientific Company which is based in the United Kingdom and expressed readiness to install a state-of-the-art laboratory. He and the General Manager of Cometa Scientific Company, Glen Griffiths, who was also accompanied by an official from the ministry of Health, discussed the urgent need to establish a central laboratory in the capital with branches in the states of the country.