Import and export of goods are regulated for health, safety and environmental purposes. In some instance control of goods is done for the promotion of growth, sustainability, and competitiveness of the domestic industry as well as to ensure availability of raw materials.
BOTC controls the importation of some products that were initially controlled in line with the Control of Goods, Prices and Other Charges Act. The importation of those goods is controlled with a view to promote industrialisation by promoting growth of the domestic industry and assist them to withstand competition from imported products.
A number of Statutory Instruments have been promulgated to support industrialisation through import control. The Statutory Instruments are for the following products:
- wheat flour;
- Baked Products;
- Bottled natural and mineral water;
- prepacked salt; and
- refined and pre-packed sugar.
BOTC controls the exportation of products that were initially controlled in line with the Control of Goods, Prices and Other Charges Act. The exportation of goods is controlled with a view to promote industrialisation by promoting growth of the domestic. Control is done to ensure that the local industry has sufficient raw materials before those can be exported. Currently, the Statutory Instrument on exportation of ferrous and non-ferrous metal scrap is being implemented to ensure that foundries are supplied with their requirements prior to scrap metal exports.