The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) on Sunday introduced a pre-clearance system for all vehicle imports and goods imported by road.
Under the new regime, customs import procedures are completed before the traveller or import arrives at the selected port of entry.
The goods are only checked for conformity upon arrival and this reduces the time spent by importers at the country’s borders. A public notice by the revenue collector read:
With effect from 1 November 2020, importers are advised that goods imported by road into Zimbabwe must be pre-cleared before their arrival.
All privately imported motor vehicles driven or transported by car carriers must be pre-cleared before they are dispatched to Zimbabwe.
ZIMRA said importers or their appointed agents are expected to submit online scanned copies of invoices, bill of lading, export documents, proof of payment, freight statement, copy of passport, police clearance and a letter of rebate where applicable.
Importers or their agents should also send any other relevant documents relating to the import to enable customs officers to calculate values and advise them of the customs duty payable.
Motor vehicles can only be loaded onto carriers or driven into the country when the relevant processes have been completed, including the payment of duties, where applicable.
Clearance details must be sent to the carrier to enable them to load vehicles. Please take note that carriers have been notified of this requirement.