Fri, 21 Jan 2022

LUSAKA, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- Zambia intercepted over 1,400 trucks laden with various goods smuggled into the country from January to September, the country's tax agency said on Wednesday.

The Zambia Revenue Authority said it intercepted 1,406 trucks with smuggling activities ranging from undervaluation, misclassification, document falsification, transit fraud and outright smuggling.

"We have a great number of genuine clearing agents and few bad eggs that always want to dent the image of the clearing industry. Our appeal is that please do not dent the name of clearing agents by facilitating smuggling activities," Topsy Sikalinda, the tax agency's spokesperson said.

The government, he said, would have lost colossal sums of money had the agency not intensified anti-smuggling operations, adding that the anti-smuggling activities will continue until smuggling was fully defeated.

According to him, the agency has invested in modern technology such as the use of drones to fight smuggling activities across border entries.

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