Traffic Build up at Forbes Border Post


Staff Writer

MUTARE-Traffic congestion of vehicles travelling between Mozambique and Zimbabwe is
building up at Forbes Border Post with system upgrades at the port of entry adding to the normal
year end pressure.
The delays in clearing traffic have resulted in long queues and congestion extending from the
border post towards the city centre.
In a notice to the public, Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) said there had been an
increased appetite for countries in the north in using Zimbabwean entry points for trade in the
eastern markets thus choking the country’s entry points.
“Due to the short distance between Beira in Mozambique and the Chirundu One Stop Border
Post, countries in the north now tend to prefer Forbes Border Post for their exports and imports
destined for and from eastern markets,” read part of the statement.
The inbound trucks are mainly transporting agricultural inputs and other commercial products for
the festive season while the outbound trucks are carrying exports from the country and other
consignments from countries in the north.
The recently completed installation works of the automatic high rapid speed boom barrier at
Forbes Border post which resulted in the closure of the east bound traffic lane added to the traffic
build up.
ZIMRA said the project was necessary in creating efficient and effective traffic management for
all stakeholders with the authority highlighting the border’s traffic handling capacity was under
“The current build up at Forbes Border Post is however, under control and measures have been
activated to ensure speedy clearance of outbound and inbound traffic,” read the statement.

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