Goods that are donated to and imported by associations and organisations in Zimbabwe which are involved in charitable or welfare work may come into the country duty free and Value Added Tax (VAT) free in terms of Section 124 of the Customs and Excise (General) Regulations published in Statutory Instrument 154 of 2001.
Organisations eligible to enjoy the rebate:
Organisations and associations involved in charitable or welfare work and registered with the responsible authority being the Department of Social Services falling under the Ministry of Labour and Social Services.
These organisations should be registered under the Private Voluntary Organisations (PVO) Act Chapter 17:05 and be in possession of a PVO Number.
**Please note: Religious church organisations are not automatically charitable or welfare organisations. In terms of the said Act, religious organisations are excluded from registration but they may register development arms within the religious organisation for the purposes of charity or welfare work. As such applications, together with the copies of the Constitution, Curriculum Vitae of each member of the Executive Committee or Board, and cleared fingerprints of same should be directed to the respective District Offices of the Social Services Department in the areas that they intend to operate in where PVO Form 1 and PVO Form 2 will be required to be completed.
Type of goods that qualify
All goods provided they are fully donated.
Vehicles such as passenger type, commonly known as sedans and station wagons; passenger carrying vehicles such as buses, minibuses and the like; and other goods carrying vehicles.
The rebate of duty does not apply in the following circumstances:
Goods purchased from funds obtained from local banking institutions or from local branches of banking institutions registered and operating in Zimbabwe whether or not the funds were donated unless there is proof that the funds were deposited into local banking institutions from a foreign source in order to purchase goods for the use of the charitable organisation
Second hand or used motor vehicles
Road Tractors (“horses” for pulling trailers), agricultural tractors, special purpose motor vehicles such as works trucks, concrete mixers and the like, and motor cycles
New clothing, new shoes and new bed linen
Prior to importation of the donated goods, the organisation or association should submit an application, at the nearest ZIMRA office with written particulars of:
The objects of the association or organisation
The goods in respect of which a rebate is sought, which is the full description of the goods; and
The use to which the goods are to be put; and
Evidence of the donation, this could be in the form of a certificate of donation;and
Evidence of purchase of goods by a foreign organisation which is donating the goods
A declaration to the effect that the goods are being imported solely for the purpose of furthering the objectives of the association or organisation
An undertaking that the goods will not be sold or be disposed of in Zimbabwe without the prior written permission of the Commissioner and the payment of such duty as maybe due; and
Any other details requiredby the Commissioner.
The above should be accompanied by the certificate of registration with Social Services Department.
The document containing the objectives of the association or organisation, maybe in the form of a trust deed or constitution or any other document that creates the particular organisation or association.
Upon fulfilling the above conditions, a rebate letter will be issued by the Commissioner.
How are the goods cleared?
The goods should be cleared at the Customs office through which the goods are imported. However clearance should be done through a ZIMRA registered clearing agent and all the documents required should be attached. You may get a list of the registered clearing agents online www.zimra.co.zw <http://www.zimra.co.zw> or from any of our offices countrywide.
Please Note: Goods entered under this rebate should not be disposed of within ten years of the date of their entry under such rebate except with the written permission of the Commissioner and payment of the duty due.
Any contravention of the requirements may result in the seizure of the goods and the organisation or association may be disqualified from enjoying the rebate of duty on future importations for a period of 5 years.
This article was compiled by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority for information purposes only. ZIMRA shall not accept responsibility for loss or damage arising from use of material in this article and no liability will attach to the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority.
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