One-stop border post for Zimbabwe and Zambia

Posted by Imogen Searra on 8 February 2019

Victoria Falls is will offer a one-stop border post for travellers going between Zimbabwe and Zambia in an effort to improve travel time and movement between the two countries.

Chirundu’s already has a one-stop border post, which was a first for Zimbabwe and Zambia and will more such border posts are to be rolled out, says Faith Mazani, the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) Commissioner General. ‘We are also looking at the same initiative with South Africa. The Beitbridge Border Post (24-hour South Africa-Zimbabwe border post) is the biggest inland border in the region, and facilitates trade from South Africa – more specifically, Durban – connecting the world to Africa, even to countries such as the DRC and Tanzania,’ says Mazani.

The advantage of the one-stop border is that traffic going into Zimbabwe will be cleared on the Zimbabwean side of the border and vice versa, which will shortenwaiting time.

Staff will not be retrenched in this process, Mazani assures, however plans for a virtual border system are underway. ‘We are also in discussions with our governments to have a one-stop border post at Plumtree (Botswana-Zimbabwe), and we will be expanding the network of one-stop border posts; but this of course depends on the infrastructure capital we need to build these facilities.’

Image source: Pixabay

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