The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) says it has handled a total of 7 926 imports of second-hand vehicles through Beitbridge Border Post between April and June this year.

This brings to 13 904 the total number of cars imported through the same border post between January and June with a 5 978 vehicles coming in the first quarter of 2015.

ZIMRA’s Beitbridge regional manager, Mr Christopher Zifudzi told a team led by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko on a visit to the border town recently that they were handling an average of 88 car imports at Manica Transit shed per day.

“A total of 7 926 vehicles were imported through Beitbridge Border Post between the months of April and June 2015.

“Most of these vehicles were imported from Japan, Singapore, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

“During the same period we also processed a total of 38 vehicle imports for returning residents” he said.

Mr Zifudzi said on average they were clearing around 2 600 vehicles importations per month.

He added that the rates for excise duty on vehicle imports were dependent on the engine capacity and year of manufacture.

“The processing of vehicle imports could take less than three (3) hours depending on the availability of all the requisite documents which include invoice, bill of laden and a bill of entry and export from South Africa among others” said Mr Zifudzi.

According to Zimra requirements the importing vehicles from South Africa must a South African Regional Police Chiefs Coordination Organisation (SARPCCO) clearance certificate, vehicle registration book, invoice and an agreement of sale where the car would have been bought from a private individual.

In his mid-term policy statement, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa proposed to increase surtax from 25 percent to 35 percent on second-hand light passenger motor vehicles aged more than five (5) years from the date of manufacture at the time of importation, with effect from September 1, 2015.

Under the new order vehicles will now attract customs duty of 95 percent up from the previous 86 percent, inclusive of duty 40 percent, surtax 35 percent and VAT 15 percent.

Last year the Government increased the customs duty on single cab of a payload more than 800kg from 20 percent to 40 percent.

Buses with a carrying capacity of 26 passengers and above now pay 40 percent; these were previously being imported duty free and would pay VAT only.

Double cab trucks were reviewed from 40 percent to 60 percent, and passenger motor vehicles of engine capacity below 1500cc from 25 percent to 40 percent.