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Infrastructure strain forces closure of Kariba border post

Due to the high volume of traffic that exceeds the current infrastructure’s capacity, the Kariba border post will be temporarily closed for some stakeholders starting from Thursday, 20 July, by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA).

The alternative crossing point will be the Chirundu One Stop Border Post.

ZIMRA released a statement indicating that cross-border passenger bus operators, vehicle importers, and their clearing agents will no longer be allowed to use the Kariba border post. Instead, they are directed to use the Chirundu One Stop Border Post.

The decision was made in response to the severe traffic congestion at the Kariba Border Post, which has overwhelmed the current infrastructure’s ability to handle cross-border traffic. Additionally, the high traffic volumes have negatively impacted government projects aimed at refurbishing the Kariba Dam wall structures and hydro-power plant, both of which are crucial national resources of strategic economic importance.

ZIMRA has collaborated with the Zambia Revenue Authority to implement suitable measures for managing adjustments at the Zimbabwean port of entry and the Zambian port of exit regarding declarations that have already been received and processed through their respective automated platforms.

Henceforth, all new declarations must indicate the appropriate port of entry or port of exit as per the changes specified in the notice.