Smuggled Redwood Consignment from Zambia Intercepted in Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) recently intercepted two haulage trucks with a consignment of redwood that had been smuggled from Zambia en-route to South Africa.

The consignment, worth thousands of United States dollars, was intercepted at Beitbridge Boarder Post after having found its way through Zambia’s Chirundu Border Post.

Boarder authorities at Beitbridge said the trucks were intercepted on December 24 after a tip-off from the Zambian boarder.

“Redwood is a specified product, which needs Government approval for its exportation. The owners of the contraband, in this case, violated the laws after choosing to transport the product without legal documentation,” said a boarder official.

The official said further investigations into the matter were underway, adding that the two vehicles and the loot had been seized by the customs authority.

Boarder reports have shown an increase in incidents of transit fraud between Zimbabwe and Zambia and other countries north of the Zambezi River.

The criminal activities has prompted the Zimbabwean Government to introduce the use of electronic seals for all cargo transiting through the country.

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