The importation of edible oil has continued despite Government’s ban because the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has not seen the Statutory Instrument effecting the suspension, ZRA director of research Ezekiel Phiri has confirmed.
But Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Given Lubinda said the ban on the importation of edible oil was with effect from March 14.
Mr Phiri said the Authority had not seen the Statutory Instrument containing Government’s decision to ban the importation of edible oil.
In an interview with the Daily Nation, Mr Phiri said there was no way the Authority could effect the ban without seeing the Statutory Instrument.
“We have not seen the Statutory Instruments to effect the ban on the importation of edible oil. The authority will also study reports that the commodity has flooded the market,” he said.
Mr Phiri said the Authority was still studying the minister’s directive to ban the importation of edible oil.
Mr Lubinda announced last week that Government had suspended the issuance of licences for importation of edible oil.
He said when he received a delegation from Argentina that the indefinite suspension was with effect from March 14.
“This decision has been made to allow experts from the ministries of Finance; Commerce; and the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) to study the impact the importation of vegetable oil has on the Zambian market,” he said.
Mr Lubinda said his office had received complaints from Zambian producers, manufacturers and consumers that the country has been flooded with imported oil.
He said the findings of the experts would be made public as soon as investigations were concluded.