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Sanity restored at Beitbridge Border Post

By Staff Reporter

The raft of measures last week put in place by Border Efficiency Management Committee at Beitbridge Border Post have improved the commercial cargo movement.

In the past two weeks, truck drivers were spending four to seven days before leaving or entering Zimbabwe due to congestion at SADC’s busiest inland port.The delays heightened at the opening of the new freight terminal where the traffic flow had teething challenges relating to tolling and lack of coordination among the critical border stakeholders.

At some point, the truck drivers staged a passive protest complaining about the new border access fees of an average of US$200 per truck, without matching services. On the other hand, some drivers were reportedly entering the border without processing their customs documents in advance, thereby blocking those who will be carrying pre-cleared cargo.

According to one border official, an express lane was opened on Friday for those carrying transit cargo and those with pre-cleared goods.

“As a committee, we have had to adjust where things were not moving and we are getting the results, the passage is becoming seamless.

“Those who have pre-cleared their cargo before arrival at the port are using the fast lane (green route), while those with outstanding are using the other route via the new terminal,” said the official.
The border official said it was critical for the transporters to use the pre-clearance facility to avoid unnecessary delays at the port.

According to one border official, an express lane was opened on Friday for those carrying transit cargo and those with pre-cleared goods.

“As a committee, we have had to adjust where things were not moving and we are getting the results, the passage is becoming seamless.

“Those who have pre-cleared their cargo before arrival at the port are using the fast lane (green route), while those with outstanding are using the other route via the new terminal,” said the official.

The border official said it was critical for the transporters to use the pre-clearance facility to avoid unnecessary delays at the port.

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