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Zimbabwe's Environmental Management Agency (EMA) has introduced an electronic licensing system for the transportation of hazardous substances in line with government efforts to improve the ease of doing business.

The transit and movement of hazardous substances, hazardous waste (dangerous goods) and oils through and within Zimbabwe, is prohibited unless they are cleared through EMA checkpoints.

The presence of EMA at border posts is to ensure compliance with the national legislation and international conventions on all hazardous substances or hazardous waste that are in transit and those destined for use in the country

The system allows customers to apply for new services, check their account status and provide amendment details for their profiles, the EMA said here Sunday. Importers will be able to interact on real-time with the agency prior to departure of their shipment to Zimbabwe's ports of entry and exit.

The transit and movement of hazardous substances and hazardous waste into and through Zimbabwe is governed by the Environmental Management Act. Zimbabwe is a signatory to the Basel Convention and the Bamako Convention on importation and exportation of hazardous chemicals, whose provisions are that there should be a focal point and competent authority to enforce these conventions.

The EMA, being the identified focal point ensures that Zimbabwe does not become a dumping ground for such waste and this prevents an unnecessary exposure of lives to lethal hazardous waste substances.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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