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Plant Quarantine and Phytosanitary Service

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This  branch of the department is very key in ensuring phytosanitary standards that allow the movement of plants, plant products and other regulated articles are adhered to before consignments move in international trade. This is key to avoiding incidences of non-compliance that have the capacity to affect market access of products originating from Zambia. It is also critical in ensuring that import of plants and plant products is adequately to prevent introduction of quarantine pests into the country. It comprises 3 units namely: Pest Risk Analysis and Data Management (PDM) Unit, Standards and Regulations (SARs) Unit and the Pest Surveillance Unit (PS) Unit

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The domestic trade branch of the department deals the coordination of phytosanitary activities with the country’s borders as well as the regulation of the movement of plants and plant products within the country. The aim is to prevent the spread of plant pests within the country while facilitating trade. The domestic trade branch is critical to ensuring the effective and efficient implementation of farm, nursery, fumigation, seed crop and commodity treatment inspections among others. There are three (3) units under this branch and these are: Phytosanitary Inspections Unit, Border Coordination and Quarantine Unit, and the Plant Pests Diagnostics and Laboratory Unit.