THE Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) should be more proactive to ensure that illegal goods are blocked from entering the country, says Crushers and Edible Oil Refiners Association consultant, Dr Aubrey Chibumba.
He said since ZRA’s task was resource mobilization for the benefit of the country, Revenue House should be proactive.
Dr Chibumba was reacting to ZRA’s decision to release two Tanzanian trucks and the transporters after establishing that they were not part of the malpractice.
ZRA also decided that the cooking oil from the two trucks without documents be offloaded at the ZRA warehouse in Lusaka awaiting further investigations.
Dr Chibumba said following the suspension of issuance of licences for importation of edible oil by the Government, ZRA should have taken interest and regulated the importation of the products to allow the domestic industry to grow and benefit the locals.
He said the locals should not be disadvantaged by the operation of the authority, adding that those found wanting should have themselves to blame.
“We are urging ZRA officials working in border areas to be proactive and regulate the importation of edible oils for the benefit of the locals,” Dr Chibumba said.
He said it was unacceptable that small holder farmers growing oil seed had no market for their products, when importers were benefiting at their expense.
Last week ZRA impounded four tracks that were laden with cooking oil in Kapiri Mposhi without proper documentation valued at more than K400, 000.