The Zambia Revenue Authority has with immediate effect resolved that all cases of smuggling will be determined through complete seizure of goods and the vessel (truck, car, motor bike, etc). Both the goods and the vessel will be forfeited to the State without compensation after the statutory period.
ZRA Commissioner General Mr. Kingsley Chanda Said that “the clearing Agents’ involved in facilitating smuggling and manufacturing of forged documents will have their licenses revoked, while directors and shareholders of the Clearing Companies will be arrested and prosecuted in accordance with the provisions of the law”.
He further said that “clearing agencies that will be found wanting will have their directors and shareholders blacklisted from doing any customs clearing business in Zambia”.
The Authority will also ensure that all directors and shareholders of such clearing companies are screened before Customs approve or renew any clearing license.
The authority wishes to advise everybody in the entire business chain of importing and exporting goods to take full responsibility and ensure that their business partners are genuine and doing the right thing.
This measure is with effect from 31st March, 2017.