The Zambia Revenue Authority elite anti-smuggling squads working together with customs officers from Chirundu boarder have intercepted 3 trucks in different locations with alcohol believed to be meant for Christmas celebrations worth about K700, 000 in taxes.
ZRA Corporate Communications Manager Topsy Sikalinda says one of the trucks was intercepted in the southern province on the new bottom road off Siavonga in the bush where it was found offloading into two canter trucks and two small buses.
Mr. Sikalinda said the other two trucks were intercepted in Chirundu district after the border town with forged documents purporting to be carrying various furniture fittings.
He said these are pure cases of forgery, false representation and attempted smuggling contrary to the customs and excise act Chapter 322 of the laws of Zambia.
“We want to make it very clear to the owners of these consignments that this is a straight seizure, and we shall recommend for forfeiture of both the goods & trucks to the state”, He said.
Mr. Sikalinda said the Authority has since decentralized all the elite anti-smuggling teams in all major routes country as a permanent feature going forward. The officers are already on the ground in their permanent operational areas and we hope smuggling will now be brought to the lowest possible levels.
In another development, Mr. Sikalinda said the authority has also intercepted 568 cases of smuggled Kiwi shoe polish worth about K342, 160 in value on the Nakonde route.
He said these were concealed under floor tiles and they are believed to be counterfeit products.
“We have always said smuggling does no pay, these are the results. This year, going forward, the authority has resolved to ensure smugglers are prosecuted instead of being charged penalties”, Mr. Sikalinda added.
He has since appealed to Zambians to report anyone to the nearest ZRA office that is suspected to be smuggling goods into the country.