ZABS urged to set up checkpoint

NAKONDE district commissioner Field Simwinga says there is need for the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) to introduce a checkpoint between Nakonde and Isoka to reduce the number of goods smuggled into the country due to the porous of the border post.
Mr Simwinga said setting up a checkpoint is one of the measures that can help curb tax evasion and avoidance by most traders that use Nakonde border post, especially those in the motor vehicle business category.
He said this recently when ZABS conducted a familiarisation tour of its operations at the border post for its board members comprising chairperson for compliance and his counterpart for finance and administration Julius Kaoma and Sifuniso Nyumbu, respectively, and council vice chairperson for standard Victor Shitumbanuma.
Mr Simwinga said addressing issues that negatively affect domestic revenue collection in the area will help government agencies such as ZABS meet their obligation of supporting economic growth in the country.
“ZABS should look into boosting its staffing levels and also bringing more vehicles to ease on transportation for the staff. There is need for ZABS to consider adding two more motor vehicles to their office in Nakonde. This will actually help the bureau conduct regular patrols especially on those routes that traders, use to escape government agencies at the border post.
“If possible, in between Nakonde and Isoka for example at Kalungu , ZABS can introduce a strategic 24 hours check point service there because we have a lot of routes that traders use to divert from the main checkpoints, and at the gate some vehicles pass through without appropriate papers,” he said.
In response to calls to open another checkpoint between Nakonde and Isoka, ZABS chief executive officer Manuel Mutale said the bureau welcomes any progressive ideas that will enable it work efficiently in ensuring traders adhere to standards.
Mr Mutale promised to address the issue of transport, saying it is an immediate need that requires consideration to help ZABS enhance the levels of compliance to standards on imported products and motor vehicles.

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