Blanket, Textile and Clothing Businesses Cry Foul As Smugglers Pounce Hard

Part of the smuggled contraband

Smuggling cartels are affecting revenue streams for local blanket, textile and clothing manufacturers.

The textile industry is among many of Zimbabwe’s manufacturers that have raised concerns over smuggling activities happening at the country’s porous borders. Their businesses are selling much lower volumes due to competition from contraband goods coming in from neighbouring countries like South Africa.

Smugglers reportedly bypass the regulatory processes at the borders to avoid import duty and some do not even have valid import licenses that are required.

There are also reports from other companies that some smugglers are working closely with rogue Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) officers at border points who let them pass through without declaring their goods.

Some of the textiles illegally imported to the country are kept in heavily guarded warehouses in Harare. Reports have also indicated that these warehouses are well fortified and monitored to prevent Zimra raids.

Zimbabwe is losing billions of precious USDs annually due to smuggling and illegal dealings.

Speaking to this publication on the matter, Raymond Huni of Waverley Blankets said the continuation of such practices “will see an ever-increasing drainage of our much needed foreign currency.”

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