THE Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has intercepted and seized a truck carrying smuggled alcoholic beverages, contrary to Sections 141 and 149 of the Customs and Excise Act.
ZRA Corporate Communications Manager Topsy Sikalinda has disclosed in a statement saying the truck was intercepted in Kafue town after officers received an intelligence report about a truck carrying assorted smuggled alcohol.
He says following a physical inspection conducted to find out what was in the truck, it was discovered that the truck was carrying 21 different consignments (brands) and on 4 had been declared.
Mr. Sikalinda says the inspection further revealed that only 50% of the 4 declared brands had been correctly cleared and the rest were all smuggled.
Meanwhile, Mr Sikalinda said officers also discovered that at the border, the importer paid total taxes amounting to K298,989 instead of K1,108,948 which was for all goods on the truck.
“Therefore, the loss of tax revenue that could have occurred because of the acts of smuggling by the importer amounts to K889,586,” he said.
Mr. Sikalinda said the authority has noted the increased number of alcohol smuggling cases and wishes to encourage all taxpayers to pay correct taxes and remain compliant with tax laws.
He said the move will help them avoid punitive enforcement measures including prosecution, forfeiture of goods and vehicles.
“This will ensure that there is fair competition by traders within various industries or sectors,” Mr Sikalinda said.