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Trade Ministry urges importers, retailers to obtain licence

Apr 15, 2015, 11:49 AM

The Ministry of Trade has issued another statement renewing its call for importers, distributors and major retailers of “essential food commodities” to obtain a licence immediately.

Essential food commodities, according to the release, are rice, sugar, milk, flour, edible oil, tomato paste, onions, potatoes, whole chicken and chicken legs.

This is a new requirement by the ministry, and came into effect on 1st April 2015.

Earlier on, before the due date, the Trade Ministry has been making announcements in the media about the introduction of the licence.

In its follow-up statement, the Ministry of Trade “reminds importers, distributors and major retailers of essential food commodities … to obtain licence with immediate effect”.

“All importers, distributors and major retailers of essential food commodities operating without the licence are advised to immediately acquire a licence from the Ministry,” the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment said in its follow-up statement. 

Application forms are available at the ministry’s Trade Information Centre from Mondays through Thursdays, from 10am to 5pm, according to the statement.

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