Controller and Auditor General, Professor Mussa Assad said in his latest annual report that Tanzania Bureau of Standards’ procedure was tiles manufactured by Goodwill Tanzania Ceramic Company Limited rejected entry into Kenya last year.
The report stated that between September 2017 and May 2018, Goodwill’s tiles were found substandard by authorities in Kenya hence denied entry into the East African Community member market.
“These products failed quality tests as per KEBS/HQ/QAS/18 of 18 July, 2018. Thirty of the 31 trucks which carried the substandard tiles were blocked but during inspection by TBS, they were not found with TBS marks and were found at different locations. One of the 31 trucks was never found and remains in disappearance to-date,” the CAG report stated.
The report further noted that under the 2009 Standards Act, it empowers TBS to certify, license and conduct regular inspections at products manufacturing premises and shop outlets. “This is done through impromptu inspections at markets and factories for domestic manufacturers,” stated the CAG report while noting that under 2017 regulations, the bureau is also sanctioned to take relevant action against defaulters.
Warning that TBS negligence jeopardises efforts to export manufactured goods to the EAC market, the CAG noted that such substandard goods risk a backlash from consumers in the five regional bloc’s markets.
“The products which are exported abroad bear Tanzania’s name at international markets hence being substandard tarnishes the country’s brand name,” the CAG report warned while advising TBS to stop allowing industries which fail to attain minimum quality and standard marks, continue manufacturing goods.