Copper cheats cornered

THE Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) through the Ndola enforcement team has impounded a truck laden with copper cathodes worth US$167, 250.00 for tampering with the electronic seal bound for Tanzania.

The ZRA corporate communications unit research and planning department, yesterday disclosed that the impounded truck was being monitored under the Electronic Cargo Tracking System (ECTS).

The truck belonging to DEO Assenga Company of Tanzania laden with copper cathodes bound for Tanzania through Nakonde border was armed with an electronic seal at Kasumbalesa border.

But the ZRA team has explained that at approximately 11:00 hours on Thursday, the ECTS Control Centre in Lusaka received an alert indicating that the truck in question had been tampered with in Ndola by way of breaking and opening of the seal.

The Ndola Enforcement Team was called to trace the truck and with guidance from the control centre was able within an hour to intercept the truck in the industrial area.

The value for duty purposes for the copper cathodes in the truck amounted to US$167, 250.00.

The truck is currently parked at Ndola port office awaiting the payment of penalty amounting to 5 percent of the duty paid value, translating to K121, 478.75, for breaking the seal.

The charged amount was also for opening the truck without authority from Customs and, thereby, contravening the provisions of Section 144 of the Customs and Excise Act, CAP 322 of the Laws of Zambia.

ECTS is a methodology that involves real-time tracking and monitoring of cargo (all goods; not limited to transit goods) from end-to-end using an online system.

The authority has appealed to all importers and exporters to comply with all applicable customs laws in order to avoid penalties and prosecution.

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