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Clearing Commercial Goods through Zimra

 clearing can be taxing business. The goods are at the port and you are ready to pick them up. Only one hassle, ZIMRA. When dealing with Zimra, it is always best to do your homework. People have had to let a containers full of goods go because the duty being charged by Zimra was too much. Had she done the necessary homework before hand, they wouldn’t have had to experience such a great loss.

I recommend that you do your homework and have all your t’s crossed and I’s dotted. For large consignments receipts and

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invoices are often at hand, but do keep them even for small consignments. It has been known that ZIMRA can pull process out of a hat and charge you according to those prices. Dont bank on using the brown-envelope, do your homework and shame the corrupt officials and refuse to offer any bribes. Be professional. Do things right. Most of the times, what you are required to pay is a lot less than you would imagine. Get a good broker and that should take the hassle out of it.

What are commercial importations?

  • Goods imported for commercial purposes
  • Goods imported by organisations

Documentation required when clearing commercial importations

  • Bill of Entry (Form 21)
  • Suppliers’ invoices
  • Export or Transit Bill of Entry from the country of export (where applicable)
  • Bill of Lading (where applicable)
  • Value Declaration Forms
  • Rail Advice Note
  • Port Charges Invoices (where applicable)
  • Agent / Importer’s Worksheet
  • Original Permits, Licences, Duty Free Certificates, Rebate Letters, Value Rulings (where applicable)

Calculation of Duty

  • Duty is calculated on the basis of Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) value of the imported goods.
  • The CIF value of the imported goods is an aggregate of the cost of goods, insurance, freight and any other charges incurred outsider Zimbabwe.

NB: Proof of all these charges must be produced.

Clearance Procedure

Clearance is done by registered clearing agents in the following manner:

  • A Bill of Entry (Form 21) is registered with Burco or on DTI for those agents with the facility.
  • Two sets of documents must be submitted and clearly marked “ZIMRA Copies” and “Importer’s” or “Exporter’s – Copies”.
  • All supporting documents must be attached.
  • A clearance fee (prescribed amount) is paid to Burco (the current minimum is UD$6.00 for a one line entry and US$1.00 on each additional line).
  • The documents should then be submitted through the Cash Office together with the payment of duty due.

Payments of duty may be done in the following manner:

  • Cash deposits – ZIMRA Accounts
  • Cash payments at the Cash Office
  • RTGs processed through the banks

Documents are processed, assessed and if correct a Release Order is issued authorising the collection of goods from the carrier or detention. If there is need to inspect the goods, an Examination Order is issued and an inspection carried out to verify the quantities, classification, origin, values or any aspect that needs clarification.

Temporary Importations

These can be cleared as follows:

  • By payment of a temporary deposit which is refundable on export.

By an ATIP (Application for Temporary Importation Privileges) which is guaranteed by a bank or insurance.

Information obtained from the Zimra website.

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