The Zambia Revenue Authority has unearthed another transit fraud smuggling case worth over K408,000.
This is a pure case of transit fraud contrary to the Customs and Excise Act 322 of the Laws of Zambia, according to Topsy Sikalinda, the Zambia Revenue Authority Corporate Communications Manager.
Facts of the matter are that meat products purported to be transiting for the Democratic Republic of Congo when in fact not are being offloaded at a farm named Ilobezi Zambia Limited located between Mazabuka and Monze.
Mr. Sikalinda explained that at Kazungula Boarder post, the customs officers sealed the truck with official seals as per requirement for all transit goods but the importer opened the truck using supplicated means by unscrewing the door panels without tempering with the seals and offloaded 1, 382 boxes and only left 230 boxes on the truck
He said the Authority has since issued seizure notices for both the meat and the truck and has with immediate effect suspended the clearing license for Federal Cargo Limited who is the clearing agent and investigations continue in the matter.
Mr. Sikalinda said since the goods are perishable by nature, ZRA Commissioner General Kingsley Chanda has invoked the provisions of the Customs and Excise Act cap 322 which empower him to dispose the perishable goods and has decided to donate the goods to Security wings and Hospitals.
He said the Zambia Army has since received 350 boxes of meat, Zambia Airforce will get 250 boxes, Zambia national Service 250 boxes, Zambia Correctional Service 250 boxes, Zambia National Service 250 boxes while the University Teaching Hospital will get 200 and the Levy Mwanawasa Teaching Hospital 200 boxes.
Mr. Sikalinda has warned that the Zambia Revenue Authority will not spare any smuggler.