Zambia Authorities Clarify Vic-falls Border Import Ban

Zambia Revenue Authority Corporate Communications Manager Topsy Sikalinda Credit https://zambia.co.zm/
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Zambia Revenue Authority has clarified the country’s new import and export policy which sees the Victoria Falls border post still open to non-commercial cargo, vehicles below 16 tons, hawkers, individual traders and tourists.

In a statement Monday, the Authority Corporate Communications Manager Topsy Sikalinda said Zambians and Zimbabweans are still able to buy groceries from either country without any hassles.

The new policy stance occasioned by SI No. 115 of 2020, however, states that “importation and exportation of commercial cargo through the Victoria falls border will only be allowed on rail transport”.

In the statement, Sikalinda said, “All commercial cargo intended for import and export on road will have to use alternative entry or exit points such as Kazungula or Chirundu.

“Please note that non-commercial cargo or vehicles below 16 tons will still be allowed to use the border post. The border remains available for use to all hawkers, individual traders and tourists.

“This measure is meant to preserve the Victoria Falls Bridge and also bring sanity to Livingstone Town which is Zambia’s main tourist capital.

“The measure is also meant to reduce human-animal conflict around the border area were truck accidents have been recorded.”

READ FULL STATEMENT BELOW:

For Immediate Release

8th February 2021

RESTRICTION OF COMMERCIAL CARGO BY ROAD THROUGH VICTORIA FALLS BORDER

In line with SI No. 115 of 2020 that came into effect on 1st January 2021, the Zambia Revenue Authority wishes to inform all importers and exporters and the general public that importation and exportation of commercial cargo through the Victoria falls border will only be allowed on rail transport.

All commercial cargo intended for import and export using road will have to use alternative entry or exit points such as Kazungula or Chirundu. Please note that non-commercial cargo or vehicles below 16 tons will still be allowed to use the border post. The border remains available for use to all hawkers, individual traders and tourists.

This measure is meant to preserve the Victoria Falls Bridge and also bring sanity to Livingstone Town which is Zambia’s main tourist capital. The measure is also meant to reduce human animal conflict around the border area were truck accidents have been recorded.

Further note that the limited facilities at Victoria Falls Border Post were not designed to handle commercial cargo. Over the years, trade volumes have increased in the region hence creating challenges for border officials who are unable to conduct detailed physical inspections due to limited space and other requisite handling facilities at the border post. In addition, due to the location of the border post in the national park, there has been an increase in animal and human conflict of late.

The Authority further advises the business community to familiarize themselves with the Statutory instrument No. 115 of 2020 and the Eighth Schedule of the SI.

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Topsy Sikalinda

Corporate Communications Manager

Zambia Revenue Authority

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