Lusaka ~ Wed, 21 Oct 2020
By ZR Reporter
ZRA has also sealed off HITVIK Trading Limited warehouse situated at Sub 124, Farm 498A Shimabala in Kafue District for various suspected smuggling activities.
ZRA corporate communications manager Topsy Sikalinda said the Authority has been monitoring the operations of HITVIK Trading Limited from 29th September 2020 for suspected conspiracy to defraud the state tax revenue through smuggling related offences that range from document falsification, false representation and misclassification contravening the provisions of Sections 41(2) and 141 of the Customs and Excise Act of the laws of Zambia.
“After gathering enough information, the Authority has decided to move in to seal off these premises and issued seizure notices for the cooking oil. HITVIK Trading Limited has been importing bulk cooking oil using suspected forged import permits from the Ministry of Agriculture and declaring the commodity as crude oil when in fact is it processed cooking oil.
Cooking oil is a controlled substance in Zambia that requires import permits. This is one way to protect the local manufacturing sector and the farmers who grow inputs used in the production of cooking oil,” Mr Sikalinda stated.
“Businesses must learn to adhere to the requirements of the law and should always avoid being found in such unfortunate situations. To those that are evading tax or contemplating doing dubious activities, our warning to them is to stop immediately and start complying. The Authority will definitely catch up with them and take all measures to collect taxes, penalties and interest due, while smugglers will also be taken to court for possible custodial sentencing.”