Cargo Trucks Delayed At Border Posts
A report released by the Comptroller and Auditor-General Mildred Chiri reveals that between 2015 and 2018 cargo trucks that entered the country were taking as long as 586 days at border posts awaiting clearance.
Mildred Chiri said in the report, that the delays in clearing the trucks were fueling illegal activities involving the goods in transit.
The illegal offloaded goods will cause unfair competition (the prices would be lower) to the country’s local industry as they would have entered the country without proper duty related to their importation, reads the AG report.
The report showed in detail how long some trucks were being held up at the country’s port of entry. Five border posts namely: Beitbridge, Nyamapanda, Chirundu, Victoria Falls and Kazungula have been singled out to be the ones with the highest delay for goods in transit.
Beitbridge Border Post
Beitbridge border post had a truck with goods in transit which delayed for 586 days in December 2015 from exiting the country through Nyamapanda border posts.”
The goods in transit departed Beitbridge border post on December 10, 2015, and exited through Nyamapanda border post on July 21, 2017.
Chirundu Border Post
At Chirundu border, there was a transit cargo which entered the country and stayed in transit for 552 days before reaching its exit point on December 14, 2016, and exited through Beitbridge on June 22, 2018.
Victoria Falls Border Post
Victoria Falls border posts records showed a truck with goods in transit which entered the country in 2017 and delayed for 230 days from exiting the country through Kazungula border posts, despite the fact that the distance between the two border post was only 73 kilometres.
The goods in transit departed Victoria Falls border on September 14, 2017, and reached Kazungula border post on May 5, 2018.
Kazungula Border Post
The goods in transit departed Kazungula border post on December 14, 2017, and exited through Victoria Falls border posts on May 25, 2018,
However, Chiri said some of the delays were caused by pending court cases, lack of documentation, drivers falling sick as well as accidents and breakdowns.
Upon enquiry with ZIMRA officials, it was noted that delays were caused by various reasons, for instance, the goods in transit which delayed for 586 days, it was established that it was as a result of a pending court case,
Another of 552 days was due to clearing agents failing to provide documents in time for the transit cargo to be cleared from the ASYCUDA system.
General reasons were given for other delays which included drivers getting sick along the way, accidents and break downs and late submissions of documents by shipping agents. she said.
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