Zim embraces ease of doing business reforms at ports of entry

By Stanley James

ZIMBABWE is embracing ease of doing business reforms at ports of entry, with the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) having launched a harmonised trade facilitation project to reduce trade costs.

Challenges facing traders in terms of costs and clearance of goods at ports of entry has prompted the country’s revenue collector, ZIMRA to introduce the electronic single window project this Friday.

Revenue authorities are confident the new system will plug off income leakages, stamp out corruption, illicit transactions and improve efficiency.

“Remember the manual system has had its own weaknesses or changes including limitations that have seen the authority losing in terms of revenues, traders also not benefitting as they have to spend time on queues, but with this new system it will also be a thing of the past as we try to enhance trade systems across all the platforms,” said ZIMRA Acting Commissioner General, Ms Regina Chinamasa.

The system is mainly aimed at creating a one stop shop for traders.

“This is being made on the realisation that costs are really critical in terms of savings, while facilitating the smooth flow of trade for the benefit of the nation and unlocking value in terms of both imports and exports that are a key enabler for trade,” noted Mr Emmanuel Mutonhodza, Chairperson – Indigenous Shipping and Freight Agents Association.

To the project administrators, the system will also benefit Zimbabwe’s industry and commerce.

“Zimbabwe has a lot to offer in terms of regional and global trade to such an extent that such a trade facilities are therefore critical when it comes to competitiveness in line with several free trade protocols being introduced,” said Mr. Jacques Hillinger, Programme Manager UNCTAD.

The use of information communication technologies to facilitate trade and travel at the ports of entry is also in line with the second republic’s thrust to transform the country into a digital based economy.

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