Business must understand the financial responsibility and processes involved when choosing Halal Certification.
To put it bluntly, Halal Certification is not simple and choosing a Halal Certification Body (HCB) can also be quite time consuming when searching and this selection, in essence, is a partnership that tends to last many years.
One of the key factors to note is that no two halal agencies are the same, each HCB is unique in its capacities and capabilities. They do however share a lot in common such as document management systems, international recognition and credibility.
Many HCB’s are private about their fees and keep this information as closely as guarded as possible, it not to be found on their websites nor can you just send a message asking for it and it has to be requested formally.
At the same time, many Halal agencies see pricing as their competitive edge, but this is not always the case.
Within the industry, it comes to mind that each company seeking Halal Certification is very different and they have very different levels of complexity and needs.
Fees are usually assessed by audits/inspections; the number of products/ingredients; the number of facilities/facility size and the product destination.
These factors help the HCB to determine the amount of work that is necessary to fulfil the certification requirements.
Most South African HCB’s are Non- Profitable Organisations, which simply means a non-profiting organisation, and so charges are commensurate with costs. And in most cases, there is a basic application fee followed by a licensing fee, which of cause varies from industry to industry.
That is why the cost of Halal Certification can be economical because it can be used as a marketing tool.
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