Beitbridge Border Pressure: ZIMRA moves in to address the situation

By Theophilus Chuma

THE Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) has come up with a raft of measures to ease the pressure that has delayed the movement of trucks at the Beitbridge Border Post.

Following delays experienced by haulage trucks at the Beitbridge Border Post, the tax authority has responded by coming up with several alternatives including creating express lanes for trucks to expedite the clearance process, while a holding area for trucks has also been established.

The border authority expects these measures to provide immediate relief for the truckers, while they critically look at lasting solutions to ensure smooth movement of traffic at the port of entry.

ZIMRA Acting Commissioner General Rameck Masaire confirmed that the situation is expected to improve within the next 36 hours.

“The board is seized with this issue to the extent that the Vice Board Chair will meet the Chairperson of Zimborders so that we have a common understanding. Our primary objective as we speak is to put in place modalities that allow traffic to pass through while we are attending to day to day operations so that we don’t have this recurring problem. We expect this should be done within the next 36 to 48 hours.”

The switch to a new system whereby truckers are now charged for tolling has created glitches since the 6th of this month.

ZIMRA says it is vigorously working on cleaning teething issues around the new mode of payments to ensure that all forms of international payments are accepted.

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