Trav­ellers’ re­bate un­changed: Zimra

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tawanda Musarurwa Busi­ness Re­porter

THE Zim­babwe Rev­enue Author­ity (Zimra) has em­pha­sised that it will re­move the trav­eller’s re­bate for peo­ple who bring in goods in ex­cess of $200.

This comes as the Govern­ment in­def­i­nitely sus­pended Statu­tory In­stru­ment 122 of 2017 to al­low in­di­vid­u­als and en­ti­ties with free funds to be able to im­port cer­tain prod­ucts.

SI 122 is a law re­strict­ing the im­por­ta­tion of cer­tain prod­ucts.

“Trav­eller’s re­bate is granted on goods up to the value of FOB US$200 or equiv­a­lent im­ported for per­sonal use and the goods are prop­erly de­clared,” said the tax col­lec­tor in a me­moran­dum to its re­gional and sta­tion man­agers.

“Quan­ti­ties for per­sonal use may vary from one in­di­vid­ual to the other. If the quan­ti­ties im­ported by a trav­eller ex­ceed the stip­u­lated max­i­mum quan­ti­ties in­di­cated, the par­tic­u­lar item will be con­sid­ered un­der re­bate.”

The trav­eller’s re­bate is a du­tyfree al­lowance, which is granted to 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 means ar­ti­cles pertaining to or car­ried upon the body such as used clothes and toi­let req­ui­sites, but ex­cludes such ar­ti­cles as ra­dios and cam­eras.

Par­tial re­bate is an al­lowance granted on goods im­ported by a trav­eller once a month on the date of his/her first en­try into Zim­babwe in that cal­en­dar month on con­di­tion that: 1) Goods are prop­erly de­clared 2) Goods are not for re­sale or of a com­mer­cial na­ture

3) The value of goods does not ex­ceed US$200

4) Al­co­holic bev­er­ages are not more than five (5) litres of which not more than two (2) litres may be spir­its and the trav­eller is 18 years and above

5) The trav­eller is not a crew mem­ber

6) The goods ex­clude blan­kets, re­frig­er­a­tors, laun­dry soap, cook­ing oil, stoves, beds, mat­tresses, flour, maize meal, sugar, meat, fish, pow­dered milk, yo­ghurt, cheese, eggs, corn puffs, jam and honey.

Fol­low­ing the sus­pen­sion of SI 122 of 2017, com­modi­ties that can now be im­ported in­clude an­i­mal oils and fats (lard, tal­low and drip­ping), baked beans, body creams, bot­tled wa­ter, ce­ment, ce­re­als, cheese, cof­fee cream­ers, cook­ing oil, crude soya bean oil, fer­tiliser, fin­ished steel roofing sheets, wheat flour and ice cream.

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