The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) yesterday held the handing over of the Electronic Cargo Tracking System (ECTS) from Revenue Assurance and Special Projects division to the Customs and Excise division.

The event was hosted at the ECTS command centre at Kurima house and was attended by the ZIMRA Executive management, management, staff and various media houses.

 

The ECTS was introduced in May 2016 and it is a modernised enforcement tool used by customs globally for transit management and has played an important role in curbing transit fraud and decongesting the country’s ports of entry.

Speaking during the event, Commissioner General (CG), Ms Faith Mazani said ECTS has yielded positive results as smuggling syndicates have been intercepted across ports of entry.

“Electronically sealed trucks are no longer subject to physical examination and scanning, thereby improving turnaround times for movement of cargo and facilitating trade,” added Ms Mazani during her remarks.

The handover of the ETCS is part of the Authority’s drive to improve its processes and this system is being integrated into the mainstream functions of the organisation.

The Loss Control division will take over functions of the Control Room as part of a broader Command Centre project being undertaken by the Division.

Ms Mazani also thanked the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development for its continued support in this project since its inception in 2016, the ZIMRA staff who have been committed to making this project a success and she promised that ZIMRA will continue to work tirelessly towards improving the system to instil confidence to the point of achieving total compliance.