The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA), has announced that it will continue to enforce controls to avoid importation of prohibited goods through the Electronic Cargo Tracking system (ECTS).
In a statement issued on March 31, ZIMRA said a number of measures are to be put in place including the use of GPS/GPRS technology for tracking trucks.
The statement further read that electronic seals are affixed to cargo containers, box trucks, soft sided trucks (flat decks with side curtains), tankers, and break bulk (goods under tarpaulin) the electronic seals send regular signals to the control room to show the location of the cargo.
The electronic seal connects to the internet and the control room is manned 24 hours a day and relays information of violations to the reaction teams.
ZIMRA has however added that it will also be using speed drones at all ports of entry to make sure no smuggling is taking place.
An additional CCTV camera system linked to a command centre at ZIMRA head office, will also be put in place.
“ZIMRA will move with speed to procure drones worth an estimated US$2 million that will be used at all ports of entry to reduce smuggling and underhand deals.
Plans are also at an advanced stage to place a CCTV camera system at border posts and strategic areas. The CCTV system will be linked to a loss control command centre at ZIMRA head office that will have sight of the footage live feed from the border post.”
According to ZIMRA, the mission is to expand the transit economy with Zimbabwe acting as a transit hub in the region together with ensuring Zimbabwe adopts and implements the concept of dry ports.