New Zambia regulations may affect Zim car industry

by | Nov 18, 2021 | Business | 0 comments


Brian Rungano Temba

Zambian Revenue Authority (ZRA) has dealt a fatal blow to the business of vehicle transporters who were paid to drive new cars from Dar Es Salaam through Zambia.

According to a recent press release by the ZRA yesterday, all transit vehicles must be treated as cargo.

“The Zambia Revenue Authority wishes to inform stakeholders and the general public that effective January 1, 2022 as guided in Gazette No. 124 of 2021:

A vehicle transiting through Zambia a cargo shall not be moved on its own wheels but shall be conveyed by carrier specifically designed for conveyance of vehicles.

Other goods as listed in the Schedule to the gazette notice shall be containerized when moving in transit. Affirmative, a seal may be placed on the container by Customs,” reads the press statement.

The move by Zambia has a direct impact on the Car sales and Motor spares in Zimbabwe who have been receiving their merchandise via Zambia from Tanzania.

On average, merchant drivers have been getting between US$500 to US$1000 as fees for collecting cars in Tanzania and driving them to Zimbabwe.

Additionally, the relatively cheaper costs of shipping to Dar El Salam had made Zambia an easy route.

The new law will reduce congestion on Zambian Highways and less emissions but more importantly manage traffic of goods through their country.