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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Truck with smuggled chicken pieces intercepted

General NewsTruck with smuggled chicken pieces intercepted

The Zambia Revenue Authority has intercepted a truck with smuggled chicken pieces worth K260, 000 in taxes.

ZRA Corporate Communications Manager Topsy Sikalinda says there is precedence for traders to try and smuggle in goods during the festive season in order to make more profits, but the Authority has ensured that the Mobile Compliance Unit is in all strategic parts of the country.

“Facts of the matter are that the consignment was declared as transit goods going to the neighbouring country when in fact the consignment was destined for Lusaka”, Mr. Sikalinda has said.

He said in a statement that the chicken pieces and truck have been seized on grounds of false declaration and forgery contrary to section 141 Cap 322 of the Customs and Excise Act.

“Our investigations have so far revealed that this particular company has smuggling meat products into the country using transit fraud. We always say it is cheaper to pay taxes than smuggling as the cost of smuggling is losing both the goods and the truck”, He said.

Mr. Sikalinda said the ZRA is aware that during the festive season, the temptation to smuggle goods like alcohol, groceries and other items is high, but assured the nation that the authority is on high alert to deal with the smugglers.

He has since called on all members of the public to report anyone whom they know may be involved in tax evasion and promised that the reporters’ confidentiality will be protected.


    • Does it make sense for Zambia to be importing chickens when we have so many poultry farmers struggling to find market ?

    • The reason the smuggle is that they get steroid infused Chink Chicken at half the price from RSA which is hatches and is sold within weeks….ask the President of SA what happened when he tried to ban Chinese chicken imports? Beijing responded swiftly with a 60 day ultimatum for an explanation…SA was so scarred the removed the ban within 5 days without explanation.

  1. What is the point???, what company?, where was it coming from? where was it in transit to? These are hard times including getting proper fully articulated information.

    • Chendabusiku never mind them, what do you expect when Zambians have a bad reading culture let alone query what’s written, you get these half baked stories and the editor approved, its shameful

  2. Let us at least enjoy cheaper chickens during the festive season ba zra. As it is many people won’t be able to afford a chicken this festive season.

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