Zambia to launch online clearance system for imports


By Nation Reporter

THE Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) and the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) will soon introduce a single window online clearance system of imports which will speed up the clearance and inspection process at border posts.

The two institutions have decided to pilot the system at Chirundu border post as it was one of the busiest border points in terms of volumes of products coming into Zambia.

ZABS director Manuel Mutale said the system would reduce the turnaround time for inspection and clearance of goods to promote economic development.

He was speaking when he visited the Chirundu border post last week to review ZABS border operations for the quarter ending 31st March 2015.

Mr Mutale said it was imperative that the two institutions developed and implemented strategies that would quicken inspections.

“This system will allow the two Government institutions to effectively share vital information electronically to speed up the clearance and inspection process.

“It is therefore imperative that we develop and implement strategies that will help in the quick inspection and clearance of goods to avoid congestion and delays and to also curb the influx of substandard products,” he said.

Mr Mutale also said 2,183 assorted products were inspected at Chirundu border between January and February 2016, with a total of 1,007 used motor vehicles inspected during the same period.

“Out of the 1,007 vehicles inspected, 682 were issued with road worthiness certificates (RWI) whereas 325 were charged penalties for failure to produce RWIs certificates and to comply with the Zambian Standard ZS560 for the inspection and testing of used motor vehicles,” he said.

Mr Mutale also said ZABS was one of the Government agencies working with ZRA to implement the Mineral Value Chain Monitoring Project on behalf of the Government.

He said ZABS would provide laboratory expertise to analyse and monitor the composition of metals being exported by mining companies in Zambia.

Mr Mutale assured the Zambian public that ZABS would continue to work with other sector regulators such as ZRA to arrest the influx of substandard products into the country and to promote economic development.

“ZABS is happy with the enhanced collaboration and cooperation it is enjoying with ZRA at all the border entry points where ZABS has presence as it will promote timely inspection and clearance of products coming into Zambia,” he said.

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