Lat­est up­date on trav­eller’s re­bate

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THE trav­eller’s re­bate is a duty-free al­lowance which is granted to gen­uine trav­ellers, sub­ject to pre­scribed con­di­tions. It is di­vided into two cat­e­gories namely to­tal re­bate and par­tial re­bate. To­tal Re­bate is an al­lowance granted on all used per­sonal ef­fects.

Per­sonal ef­fects re­fer to ar­ti­cles per­tain­ing to or car­ried upon the body such as used clothes and toi­let req­ui­sites.

Par­tial Re­bate is an al­lowance granted on goods im­ported by a trav­eller once in a cal­en­dar month and on their first en­try into Zim­babwe.

This duty-free al­lowance is US$200 per per­son and is granted on goods im­ported by trav­ellers for their per­sonal use. The list of goods that are ex­cluded is as fol­lows: • goods which are in­cor­rectly de­clared; • goods which are im­ported for com­mer­cial pur­poses;

• al­co­holic bev­er­ages in ex­cess of five litres per trav­eller of which two litres may be spir­its:

• goods which are im­ported by any mem­ber of the crew of an air­craft, ship or ve­hi­cle ar­riv­ing from out­side Zim­babwe; • stoves, re­frig­er­a­tors; • cook­ing oil, laun­dry bar soap; • blan­kets, beds, mat­tresses; • flour, maize meal, sugar; • meat, fish, eggs; • pow­dered milk, yo­ghurt, cheese; • corn puffs, jam, and honey This means that im­por­ta­tion of such goods will at­tract duty at the pre­scribed rates even though the value might be un­der the duty-free al­lowance of U$200.

You may re­call that goods car­ried upon trans­port ser­vice ve­hi­cles draw­ing a trailer as de­fined in Statu­tory In­stru­ment Num­ber 148 of 2015 were also ex­cluded from the trav­ellers’ re­bate.

How­ever, kindly take note that with ef­fect from Oc­to­ber 21, 2016, the re­bate has been re­stored to goods im­ported by gen­uine trav­ellers for their per­sonal and house­hold use and are be­ing trans­ported in trailer draw­ing om­nibuses and other pas­sen­ger car­ry­ing ve­hi­cles draw­ing trail­ers.

This means that any per­son who travels by bus, for ex­am­ple, and the bus is draw­ing a trailer, pro­vided all the other con­di­tions for grant­ing the re­bate are ful­filled, shall be en­ti­tled to this US$200 trav­ellers’ al­lowance.

Please note that the im­por­ta­tion of cer­tain com­modi­ties such as cook­ing oil, milk, blan­kets and wash­ing prepa­ra­tions in what­ever quan­ti­ties re­quires an im­port li­cence from Min­istry of In­dus­try and Com­merce and this li­cence should be pro­duced at the time of im­por­ta­tion. Fail­ure to pro­duce the im­port li­cence would re­sult in the goods be­ing de­tained un­til such time that the im­port li­cence is availed.

You are hereby en­cour­aged to cor­rectly de­clare all the goods in your pos­ses­sion and to take note of the cur­rent changes to avoid any in­con­ve­niences. Dis­claimer 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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