WINDHOEK: Only one week is left for local companies and organisations to apply for a share in the production and export of beef to Norway.
Written applications should clearly be marked ‘Norwegian Quota’, and reach the Meat Board of Namibia before 12 October.
The Meat Board of Namibia’s Manager for Information Systems, Willem Schutz told Nampa on Friday that the 1 600 tonnes’ beef quota to Norway will be divided amongst all successful applicants.
Schutz said all applicants should attach a certified copy of their Certificate of Approval of Establishment by Norway, which indicates the establishment number.
“This indicates that inspection(s) at the abattoir(s) were done in accordance with the rules and regulations set by Norway as well as Namibia, for exports,” he explained.
According to Schutz, the sharing of the quota will be done in accordance with the Cabinet directive regarding the export of beef to Norway, as well as the Meat Board’s Norwegian quota implementation procedures.
The quota will be awarded to eligible organisations, and is valid for the period 01 January to 31 December 2013.
Schutz called on all new entrants qualifying for the production and export of beef to Norway to apply.
“Applicants should clearly indicate the total tonnage of beef applied for during the 2012 calendar year, as well as historic slaughter numbers and beef export volumes, indicating their ability to export the beef tonnage applied for,” he added.
Meanwhile, Trade and Industry Minister Hage Geingob led a ministerial and business delegation to Oslo, Norway at the end of last month to try and secure a bigger market share for Namibian meat.
The request for quota expansion under the FTA arrangement is in accordance with Article Six of the Agricultural Agreement between the Southern African Customs’ Union (SACU) States and Norway.
Currently, Namibia exports beef to Norway under two dispensations – the Norwegian Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) scheme, and the SACU-Norway Agricultural Agreement.
The Norwegian GSP system makes provision for an annual quota of 2 700 tonnes for which duty-free treatment of beef originating from Botswana and Namibia is conferred, while, the SACU-Norway Agriculture Agreement, which forms part of the instruments establishing the SACU-FTA Agreement, includes a protocol on beef under which Norway grants an annual quota of 500 tonnes.
From the two instruments, Namibia and Botswana each has a total beef quota of 1 600 tonnes per annum for preferential market access into Norway, that is 1 350 tonnes under the GSP scheme and 250 tonnes under the FTA.