THE Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) has urged car dealers and individuals importing second-hand cars via Walvis Bay in Namibia to adhere to the ban imposed by that country outlawing driving of the vehicles on its roads.
Botswana recently banned unregistered imported second-hand vehicles from driving through its roads and ordered police to impound all such vehicles.
Zimra has advised prospective importers of these new developments.
“This ban means that importers can no longer drive their vehicles on Botswana roads while importing them via ports in Namibia (or other countries’ ports which make them transit through Botswana) to points of entry into Zimbabwe and other countries,” reads a Zimra notice.
“According to the notice, any unregistered and unlicensed vehicle that will be driven on Botswana roads will be impounded.
“Zimra, therefore, urges its valued clients to take note of this development in order to avoid any inconveniences during the importation of
motor vehicles by ensuring that all imported vehicles are transported using designated carries,” the notice reads.
Botswana said it was losing revenue as the Botswana Unified Revenue Service was not charging the vehicles for road usage, yet they were causing damage to the country’s roads.
Bulawayo car dealers have indicated that imported second-hand vehicle prices were likely to increase to recoup costs saying alternative routes were expensive.