The Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) says it anticipates a continued increase in the volumes of import inspections following the introduction of the single window online clearance system of goods coming into the country.
ZABS Head of Marketing & Public Relations Hazel Zulu says the online system which was initially piloted at Chirundu, but has since been rolled out to other borders such as Nakonde and Livingstone allows the Bureau to inspect products that fall under mandatory standards.
Ms Zulu said the system allows ZABS in collaboration with the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) to inspect products that fall under mandatory standards online adding that the system has proved to be effective as it speeds up the clearance and inspection process hence allowing more inspections to be conducted in a shorter period of time than before.
“We are pleased to note the significant increase in the volumes of products being inspected and cleared at the mentioned borders due to the roll out of the electronic single window clearance system. This has also helped to ease congestion as products are inspected at a faster rate electronically than when is was done manually.”
“Recorded statistics from the borders indicate that between January and September this year, a total of 15,701 assorted imported products were inspected from various border entry points including Chirundu, Nakonde, Mwami and Livingstone border points. Other entry points include Chanida, Kazungula and katima Mulilo border points.
“The system has worked very well as it allows the two government institutions to effectively share vital information electronically to speed up the clearance and inspection process and thereby, reduce the turnaround time for inspection and clearance of goods to promote economic development,” she said.