Thupeyo Muleya Beitbridge Bureau
The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) has deployed additional staff to Beitbridge Border Post where commercial traffic volume has started increasing ahead of the festive season.
Beitbridge Border Post is one of the busiest inland ports of entry in Southern Africa with 170 000 people, 2 100 buses, 25 000 private cars and 20 000 trucks passing through it every month.
ZIMRA director of corporate and legal affairs Ms Florence Jambwa yesterday confirmed the development although she could not give the exact number of staff deployed to Beitbridge.
“As you may appreciate, this time of the year is our peak period in terms of movement of commercial goods as importers and exporters prepare for the festive season and the usual annual shutdown,” said Ms Jambwa.
“The volumes of commercial traffic have, therefore, increased considerably. As usual, additional staff has been deployed to Beitbridge Border Post to cater for the increased traffic during the festive season.”
She said they had fully prepared for an anticipated increase in the volume of both human and vehicular traffic.
It is understood that ZIMRA clears an average of 500 outgoing trucks per month and 400 incoming commercial trucks per day and that has more than doubled as the festive season gather momentum.
The parastatal has 336 workers against a requirement of 427 at the border post.