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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the rules/regulations to export live animals to Angola (May'18)

Question

What are the rules/regulations to export live animals to Angola?  Are there any restrictions and limitations with regard to quantity, weight, gender, etc.?


Answer

If the exporter is Namibian, they need to be registered as a producer with the Meat Board of Namibia.

 Registration is free and is done at our offices.

 Requirements for Permit in that order:

  1. Import permit from Angola
  2. Export Permit from Veterinary Services (Namibia)
  3. Meat Board Export Permit ( Last stage)

 Standard levy applies depending on the type of livestock being exported.

 

How to register for a stock brand and producer (Feb '18)

Question
What documents are required to register as a producer and a stock brand?


Answer

The following documents are required:

You may obtain the application from any State Vet Office or come in at the Meat Board if in Windhoek.

  1. Complete form BR 1 – New stock brand registration.
  2. Attach certified copy of ID.
  3. Copy of Tittle deed as proof of ownership for the farm on which the brand is applied for.
  4. Pay/deposit an amount of N$ 122.00 in the Stock brands account – account number available at the bottom of the application form.
  5. Give in the form to nearest  State Vet Office for them to courier it to us.
  6. After you have received your brand documents – inform the State Vet Office closer to you to link your brand to the farm.
  7. Only then you will be able to purchase the official cattle ear tags from Meat Board

NOTE: The state veterinary office should be able to advice on the rest in terms of vaccinations, tagging, branding etc. As per the Animal Health Act 1 of 2011.

Export goat to Angola (Apr '17)

Question
We are located in Ondjiva, Angola, close to the Namibian Border  and we would like to import some female goats and rams from Namibia.

We'd like to know what the rules for importing from Namibia are. A few various private breeders mentioned that it is difficult to export to Angola and a lot of paperwork is needed.

Answer

  1. Apply for an Angolan import permit.
  2. Finalize the procurement of goats from Namibian breeders (please get invoice from breeders)
  3. Apply for Animal Improvement Permit from Ministry of Agriculture (Mr. Abraham Katjiukua +264 61 208 71111)
  4. Apply for Namibian Veterinarian export permit (Mr Nell +264 61 276 580)
  5. Once you have obtain all of the above you than apply for the Meat Board export permit where you have to pay an export levy of 8% of the value of the animals (invoice from breeders to be submitted together with the application).
  6. For the Meat Board export permit or any other enquiries do not hesitate to contact me.

 



When to apply for a Stock Brand with Meat Board? (Apr '16)

According to the Stock Brand Act 24 of 1995, a person may only apply for a brand after acquiring livestock. However with the new system that we have in place, a farmer needs a Stock Brand for moving animals from where they were purchased to his/her establishment or farm. Thus, you can apply with us at the stock brand office to obtain your brand. ;

What procedures and documents are required to apply for a Stock Brand? (Apr '16)

You are required to come in and complete the application form for new stock brand, attach a copy of your ID and an admin levy of N$ 114.00 is payable.
If you are not the primary lease holder of the resettlement farm, you need a written consent via the primary lease holder from the Ministry of Land Reform indicating that you will be farming on that establishment.
If you are the primary lease holder, you may present documentation from the Ministry of Land Reform indicating that you are the primary lease holder.
The requirement for a letter of consent and document evidence is for administrative and control purpose, to avoid registering or issuing brands to persons not belonging to an establishment or farming unit.

Which documents are needed?

  • Complete application form
  • Copy of ID
  • Proof of payment for the N$114.00
  • Documents for leasing and grazing permission.

How long does it take for the process to be finalized?
It takes 2 days if application is done at the Meat Board and about 2 weeks if the application is from the regions.

Applications may also be done at the Directorate of Veterinary Services Office.

What is the current meat import allowance into Namibia? (Feb '16)

The following on the importation of meat into Namibia:

  • 25kg per person older than 12 years and 3 per vehicle (mutton, goat and beef), are allowed for own consumption only and no permit is required.
  • If for commercial purposes and more than 25kg then import permit(s) are required and import levy is payable with Meat Board.
  • 10kg of biltong and processed meat (polonies).
  • Meat may be taken into the north above Grootfontein (NCA, but no meat may be taken out from there.

Further information can be obtained from the Ministry of Agricultural +264 61 276580

 

What are the current restrictions for taking meat to Namibia from South Africa?

No pork and chicken may be imported for own use into Namibia - May 2015.

What are the procedures for exporting meat from Namibia to South Africa, alternatively to China and Hong Kong

Kindly contact the Directorate of Veterinary Services who is the competent authority overseeing the export of meat and meat products from Namibia for the relevant information.

Dr Musilika: +264 61 208 7505 ShilongoA@mawf.gov.na

Meat can only be exported from export approved abattoirs. You need to obtain an import permit with all import requirements from the country to which you want to export the meat.

Where can goat ear tags be purchased?

The Meat Board does not supply goat ear tags. We only supply (sell) official cattle ear tags.
Goat ear tags can be purchased at any AGRA outlet. You will be required to have a stock brand card or certificate if you purchase goat ear tags.
Detailed information you will find in the MEAT STANDARDS and TRADE and MARKETING page of The Meat Board website.

Where can the Electronic Ear tag reader be purchased?

FlexPro Technology Services (Pty) Ltd is sellint the readers and can be contacted at:
Tel: +264 61 305917, Fax: +264 61 309085 or visit their website www.flexpro-tech.com.

Export: Beef: Namibia to China. Please advise if we are allowed to export beef from Namibia to China, or are there any restrictions? (May '16)

Namibia has recently obtained approval to export beef to China.  The beef can only be exported from Abattoirs certified for export to China.  As I understand, only Meatco has applied for such export, and final approval is awaited.

Please contact the Directorate of Veterinary Services to obtain relevant information.

The chief of import/export is Dr Tina Musilika.  ShilongoA@mawf.gov.na 061 208 7505

What are the rules/regulations to export live animals to Angola (May'18)

Question

What are the rules/regulations to export live animals to Angola?  Are there any restrictions and limitations with regard to quantity, weight, gender, etc.?


Answer

If the exporter is Namibian, they need to be registered as a producer with the Meat Board of Namibia.

 Registration is free and is done at our offices.

 Requirements for Permit in that order:

  1. Import permit from Angola
  2. Export Permit from Veterinary Services (Namibia)
  3. Meat Board Export Permit ( Last stage)

 Standard levy applies depending on the type of livestock being exported.

 

I have a hunting trip planned

Question

I have a hunting trip planned and was told I need to get a stamp from the Namibian Meat Board or a Veterinary stamp on my import permit issued in South Africa.
Not exactly sure if I explained that correctly, so I'll appreciate your guidance and assistance in this regard.

Answer

Download this document for your information regarding importing meat for own use from Namibia into South Africa.

The Veterinary Permit you received in RSA will have a blank page, which, if you read carefully on the permit, must be completed by a state veterinarian in Namibia.  I would advise you contact the farmer where you will be hunting to assist you to make an appointment with the relevant state veterinarian to sign the permit.  The state veterinarian must inspect the meat prior to signing the permit. 

If you will only be taking game meat back to South Africa, you do not need a Meat Board permit.  However, if you will also be taking Beef, sheep or goat meat in excess of 25kg, you will need a Meat Board permit as well.

 

What procedures are needed when a producer wants to export meat from Namibia to countries such as China, Hong Kong and South Africa?

Question

What are the rules/regulations to export live animals to Angola?  Are there any restrictions and limitations with regard to quantity, weight, gender, etc.?


Answer

If the exporter is Namibian, they need to be registered as a producer with the Meat Board of Namibia.

 Registration is free and is done at our offices.

 Requirements for Permit in that order:

  1. Import permit from Angola
  2. Export Permit from Veterinary Services (Namibia)
  3. Meat Board Export Permit ( Last stage)

 Standard levy applies depending on the type of livestock being exported.

 

What must a producer do to get registered on NAMLITS. Are there any documents that are required? Can the process be done online?

Question

What are the rules/regulations to export live animals to Angola?  Are there any restrictions and limitations with regard to quantity, weight, gender, etc.?


Answer

If the exporter is Namibian, they need to be registered as a producer with the Meat Board of Namibia.

 Registration is free and is done at our offices.

 Requirements for Permit in that order:

  1. Import permit from Angola
  2. Export Permit from Veterinary Services (Namibia)
  3. Meat Board Export Permit ( Last stage)

 Standard levy applies depending on the type of livestock being exported.

 

What are the rules and regulations when producers want to export livestock to neighbouring countries such as Angola, Botswana and South Africa?

Question

What are the rules and regulations when producers want to export livestock to neighbouring countries such as Angola, Botswana and South Africa?


Answer

The import of animals and animal products contains certain risks to the country importing the animals or animal products, pertaining to the country’s people, animals and environmental health. Countries thus prefer to import animals and animal products from countries that have the same or better animal health status.

Because there is a kind of risk, exports are agreed upon on bilateral level between exporters and importers and there is no specific set of standard rules and regulations. The procedure to follow will be that the producer should get a buyer in the importing country who can then provide him/her with an import permit. This import permit stipulates all the requirements. These requirements then need to be discussed with the Directorate of Veterinary Services to determine whether the export can be done. Al the requirements on the export permit should be adhered to in order to be able to export. The export of livestock is controlled by the Directorate of Veterinary Services. 

The producer thus needs a veterinary import permit from the country to where the export will be done, a Namibian veterinary export permit, a Meat Board export permit and a livestock improvement permit in cases where livestock is exported for breeding purposes.

For animals that are exported for breeding purposes, permission should also be obtained from the various breeders associations.  

 

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