Government to introduce cargo tracking system

By Portia Sigauke

The Government will soon introduce a cargo tracking system at Border Posts a move meant to monitor trucks that declare false good in transit whilst there are intended for local markets.

Responding to a question raised by Hon Phiri during the Tuesday sitting on the measures put by government to curb bribery at Border Posts, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said the ministry was working flat out to stamp corruption and had already introduced closed circuit televisions.

“The measures we have taken, we have introduced closed circuit television so as to enhance transparency at the border.

“We are also introducing a cargo tracking system because what has been happening was that trucks would come at Beitbridge border post and declare that their destination is Zambia, DRC or Malawi. As soon as they cross the border, they would dump the goods in our territory,” he said.

Chinamasa said the installation of the circuit television was intended to monitor every vehicle that pass through the Border Posts and make sure they don’t evade tax payment.

“We are also taking measures to enhance electronic payment of taxis as well as accounting to both the Treasury as well as to the Reserve Bank on a daily basis and we are already getting that,” he said.

Zimbabwe’s borders are reported to be porous with people and truck drivers smuggling goods and evading tax payment by declaring false goods at Borders Posts.

Earlier this week, chairperson of the committee on peace and security Damian Mumvuri, told the Senate that the committee had got wind that the country’s border posts had become porous, and were now conduits of smuggling, which was costing the country millions of dollars due to inefficiencies and operational deficiencies at border posts, particularly Beitbridge and Plumtree.

Infrastructure at Beitbridge border was said to be insufficient to cater for high volumes of traffic, considering some of the goods processed will be in transit to Malawi, Zambia, DRC and Mozambique.

Statistics from the Zimbabwe Chamber of Commerce claim that Zimbabwe loses $2 billion a year, which is half of the country’s budget through smuggling.

The Government will soon introduce a cargo tracking system at Border Posts a move meant to monitor trucks that declare false good in transit whilst there are intended for local markets.

Responding to a question raised by Hon Phiri during the Tuesday sitting on the measures put by government to curb bribery at Border Posts, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said the ministry was working flat out to stamp corruption and had already introduced closed circuit televisions.

“The measures we have taken, we have introduced closed circuit television so as to enhance transparency at the border.

“We are also introducing a cargo tracking system because what has been happening was that trucks would come at Beitbridge border post and declare that their destination is Zambia, DRC or Malawi. As soon as they cross the border, they would dump the goods in our territory,” he said.

Chinamasa said the installation of the circuit television was intended to monitor every vehicle that pass through the Border Posts and make sure they don’t evade tax payment.

“We are also taking measures to enhance electronic payment of taxis as well as accounting to both the Treasury as well as to the Reserve Bank on a daily basis and we are already getting that,” he said.

Zimbabwe’s borders are reported to be porous with people and truck drivers smuggling goods and evading tax payment by declaring false goods at Borders Posts.

Earlier this week, chairperson of the committee on peace and security Damian Mumvuri, told the Senate that the committee had got wind that the country’s border posts had become porous, and were now conduits of smuggling, which was costing the country millions of dollars due to inefficiencies and operational deficiencies at border posts, particularly Beitbridge and Plumtree.

Infrastructure at Beitbridge border was said to be insufficient to cater for high volumes of traffic, considering some of the goods processed will be in transit to Malawi, Zambia, DRC and Mozambique.

Statistics from the Zimbabwe Chamber of Commerce claim that Zimbabwe loses $2 billion a year, which is half of the country’s budget through smuggling.

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