Elec­tronic Cargo Track­ing Sys­tem

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What is Elec­tronic Cargo Track­ing Sys­tem?

ELEC­TRIC Cargo Track­ing Sys­tem (ECTS) tracks and mon­i­tors tran­sit cargo from the point of en­try into Zim­babwe to the point of exit us­ing elec­tronic seals that are placed on the cargo. The sys­tem cov­ers con­tainer­ised cargo, break bulk cargo and fuel tankers.

What Trans­porters, Clear­ing Agents & Com­pa­nies should do?

◆ ZIMRA has sev­eral geo-fenced tran­sit routes across the coun­try which trans­porters or clear­ing agents can choose. Upon pro­cess­ing of Tran­sit Bill of En­try at the port of en­try, they should in­di­cate and choose their route. Once a geo-fenced route has been cho­sen, trans­porters should fol­low it un­til the truck ex­its the coun­try.

◆ A fee of US$30 shall be payable on all road ve­hi­cles con­vey­ing goods and break-bulk cargo through Zim­babwe, where such seals and/or mag­netic seal­ing ca­bles are placed on the cargo. ◆ The tran­sit pe­riod of three (3) days for cargo shall in­clude week­ends and pub­lic hol­i­days.

Of­fences un­der the ECTS sys­tem ◆ Di­vert­ing from the cho­sen ge­ofenced route. The trans­porter shall be li­able to a penalty of US$2,000 for di­ver­sion from the route spec­i­fied by the Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral of ZIMRA if they do not seek prior author­ity. Penal­ties and fines have to be paid be­fore the of­fender ex­its the coun­try

◆ Tam­per­ing with any of the elec­tronic de­vices shall at­tract a penalty of US$1,300.

◆ Tam­per­ing with the cargo along the routes is tan­ta­mount to tran­sit fraud and is a pros­e­cutable of­fence.

◆ Sealed trucks go­ing off route to their garages in ar­eas not marked as safe park­ing zones by ZIMRA with­out prior ar­range­ments.

◆ Tak­ing too long idle time or park­ing time along the way will trig­ger an alarm for the Re­ac­tion Team.

Ben­e­fits of the ECTS to busi­ness and the coun­try

◆ The sys­tem is a cor­rup­tion fight­ing mech­a­nism.

◆ The Elec­tronic Cargo Track­ing Sys­tem re­duces rev­enue leak­ages as it is an ef­fec­tive counter-smug­gling sys­tem and it helps com­bat tran­sit fraud.

◆ The Elec­tronic Cargo Track­ing Sys­tem has brought ef­fi­cient clear­ance pro­cesses at the bor­der posts and de­con­gested the points of en­try and exit, thus mak­ing Zim­babwe a pre­ferred trade and travel cor­ri­dor in the re­gion. ◆ Greater na­tional se­cu­rity due to ef­fec­tive track­ing of cargo.

◆ Im­proved in­sights into truck movements pro­vid­ing more ac­cu­rate plan­ning and im­prove­ments to the trans­porta­tion in­fras­truc­ture.

◆ Helps do away with phys­i­cal cargo es­cort which is costly in terms of time and money.

◆ Pro­tects lo­cal in­dus­try as tran­sit goods can be di­verted onto our mar­ket “duty free” and such goods cause un­due com­pe­ti­tion to those who dully pay their taxes.

◆ Tran­sit di­ver­sion if not checked can throw gen­uine tax­pay­ers out of busi­ness.

◆ 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. To con­tact ZIMRA: What­sApp line: +263 782 729 862 Visit our web­site: www. zimra. co.zw Fol­low us on Twit­ter : @Zim­ra_11 Like us on Face­book: www.face­book.com/ ZIMRA.11 Send us an e-mail :pr@zimra.co.zw/web­mas­ter@zimra.co.zw Call us (Head Of­fice): 04 –758891/5; 790813; 790814; 781345; 751624; 752731

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