Specifications Authority clashes with courts on rebar

By YN staff

The Yemeni Authority for Standardization and Metrology has attempted to prevent the entry of 38 thousand tons of rebar to local markets through Aden, and about 38 thousand tons through Hodeidah, at nearly 76 thousand tons in total. The rationale was contrary to safety specifications, though this has been overturned by courts. Both shipments were imported from Habash Company to manufacture rebar.

General Manager of the Specifications Authority, Prof. Walid Abdel-Rahman Othman, explained that when the first vessel arrived in Yemen, random samples taken failed health and safety requirements. They stopped unloading the materials, and also prevented the import of the same rebar in Hodeidah.

Othman emphasized that there was a decrease in the weight of the longitudinal meter for most diameters of the rebar, as well as an infraction in actual diameter. The 12% deviations in total would have damaged buildings.

The Primary Administrative Court in Aden ordered workers at the Aden port to discharge the shipment under court supervision, despite the Specification Authority’s stance. As a respond, Othman has called for alternate measures.

“We in the Specifications Authority respect and appreciate the independence, impartiality, and fairness of the Yemeni judiciary, so we call all on all concerned authorities to prevent the entry of this shipment to local markets. We also call on the Ministry of Public Works and Highways and Contractors to avoid using these shipments of rebar in case they enter the markets.”

The Specifications Authority issued a decision to prevent Habash Turkish Company from exporting its rebar to Yemen, placing it on a blacklist.

 “In spite of [its problems] the shipment holds a certificate of conformity with the specifications of the Turkish Institute for Standards (TSE). However, the Authority has been able to prove the non-conformity through its regulatory procedures on the rebar.” 

Yemen suffers from a lack of rebar factories. According to Deputy Director-General of the Specifications Authority Ibrahim al-Hashaf, there are only two in Yemen, the first of which has stopped manufacturing, and the second which produces a very small amount given that Yemen consumes more than 400, 000 tons per year.