ZIMBABWE Revenue Authority (Zimra) is piloting e-registration for newly imported vehicles at Beitbridge Border Post, a Zimra official has said.
Addressing the business community and miners in Bulawayo, Automated Systems for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) project manager Mrs Angeline Mashiri said to improve service for car importers, they had introduced e-vehicle registration at Beitbridge Border Post.
“Vehicles which are cleared through Beitbridge are currently leaving Beitbridge Border Post with number plates.
“We expect to roll it out through all our border posts by the end of this year,” said Mrs Mashiri.
Speaking about the Automated Systems for Customs Data (ASYCUDA), the Zimra official said delays in the issuance of customs clearance certificates would soon be reduced as Zimra was in the process of developing automatic pre-customs clearance certificates.
The move followed an outcry from business players who had complained over delays in the clearance process of goods that enter the country.
ASYCUDA is a web-based system in which customs and trader transactions are handled via internet. The system can be accessed anywhere in the world.
“There are always complaints that there are delays in the processing of customs clearance certificates, even though customs has collected their duties.
“We are developing an automatic pre-customs clearance certificate which is generated upon payment of duty,” said Mrs Mashiri.
She said for example once a motor vehicle is cleared and duty paid, through deduction from the pre-payment account, the customs clearance certificate would be automatically printed.
It has been reported that delays at the country’s border posts, especially Beitbridge Border Post, hinder trade and affect the economy of the country and others in the region whose goods pass through this port of entry.
Plans are under way to set up a one-stop border between South Africa and Zimbabwe to reduce the challenge.
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