ZIMRA closes Kariba border post


Harare (New Ziana) -The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) will temporarily closed the Kariba Border post from the 20th of this month until further notice due to traffic congestion.

In a statement on Monday, ZIMRA said the infrastructure at the border post has been stretched beyond its capacity to handle cross border traffic.

“The Commissioner of Customs and Excise wishes to advise all valued stakeholders, cross border bus operators, importers of vehicles and their clearing agents as well as all cross border travellers through Kariba, that the authority (ZIMRA) has suspended, until further notice, the use of Kariba border post as a point of entry for cross border passengers ferrying buses and vehicles imported from the Far East transiting through Zambia from the port of De es Salaam in Tanzania.

“This suspension is with effect from Thursday 20 July 2023 until further notice,” it said.

ZIMRA said the high traffic volumes had also affected government works towards refurbishment of the Kariba Dam wall structures and the power plant, both of which were critical national resources given their strategic and economic importance.

“In liaison with our counterparts in the Zambia Revenue Authority, suitable intervention measures have been put in place to manage the adjustments of the port of entry (Zimbabwe) and the port exit (Zambia) on any declarations that had already been received and processed through the automated platforms of each authority.

“All fresh declarations henceforth should reflect the port or exit and/or port of entry aligned to the changes affected by this notice as the case may be,” it said.

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