The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has advised all international travellers visiting South Africa to comply with the country’s import requirements for agricultural and related regulated products.
“Compliance will assist our country to minimise or prevent the potential risk of introducing alien invasive species, foreign pests and diseases that could be associated with imported plants, plant products, animals, animal products and other regulated goods,” the department said in a statement here Thursday.
It added that South Africa, like other countries, had a crucial mandate and right to protect its territory, biodiversity and economy against harm. The country regulates the importation of animals and animal products, liquor products, plants and plant products, honey and honey products, as well as any other potentially harmful materials from other countries into its territory.
This is in accordance with the country’s relevant legislation, which is aimed at preventing the introduction, establishment and spread of pests and diseases from other parts of the world.
“Once introduced into the country, the said elements are expensive and difficult to control, thus prevention is pertinent in this regard. Furthermore, the importation of certain liquor products, with an alcohol content of more than 1% into the county for drinking purposes is restricted, except on the authority of an import certificate issued by the department,” the department said.
It noted that import conditions might differ according to the country of origin or export. Upon arrival in South Africa, all the imported consignments must be presented to the department’s inspectors at the port of entry for compliance inspections, in compliance with import conditions.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.