The Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has lost K 57.6 million of revenue collection for the year 2015 at its Katima Mulilo Border Station due to reduced levels of import.
The authority in 2015 had targeted K 348.5 million revenue at Katima Mulilo border out of which only K 290.9 million was collected.
And Finance Deputy Minister Christopher Mvunga who conducted a familiarization tour of Katima Mulilo Border has expressed happiness at the reduction of imports which could be locally produced and sold on the local market at competitive prices.
Mr. Mvunga said Government’s policy was for the country to be self-sufficient through local production and improve on having more exports than imports of commodities to generate more revenue. He was full of praise for the workforce at ZRA Katima Mulilo Station.
Mr Mvunga said it is possible for government to impose a ban on the importation of certain commodities but that this could be avoided if there was more local production.
Katima Mulilo Border post links Zambia to neighbouring countries through which commercial transport of goods between the two countries go through.
The major commodities that are imported through Katima Mulilo include fish from China and Namibia, Chicken from various countries and meat from the United Kingdom and Brazil among other commodities.
Meanwhile, ZRA Katima Mulilo Station Manager Collins Sichivula has attributed the reduction in imports through the border to reduced orders from suppliers as well as low demand of some commodities in the country.