As imports of goods from China increase from year to year business people and customers are increasingly complaining about the quality of the goods and the number of imported counterfeits. The Chinese Embassy in Dar es Salaam laid the blame on unscrupulous traders and manufacturers who were using China as a transit route for their exports to Tanzania. The reaction came a few days after the ‘Free Competition Commission (FCC)’ stated that 50 per cent of Chinese consignments sold in Tanzanian markets were counterfeits including, in particular, Hitacho TV sets and Kiwi Shoe Polish. The government is planning to review the law governing the FCC with a view to giving it legal teeth, so that it can conduct random inspections of godowns and retail outlets – Guardian.

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