Finally ZIMRA Is Updating System After Losing Millions

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ZIMRA’s problematic Asycuda system is finally getting updated. Asycuda(Automated System for Customs Data) is a system that is meant to automate customs processes on the importation/exportation of goods. It also compiles accurate trade statistics.

The system is used in over 90 countries but Zimra’s Commissioner-General, Ms. Faith Mazani admitted that the system in use in Zim was 11 years behind. Back in December, the system broke down and caused long queues at the Beitbridge border post as Zimra staff had to manually process import and export documents. The downtime also led to losses of about $20 million.

For the guys who are responsible for collecting revenue, this is quite unacceptable. The fact that ZIMRA is looking into fixing the situation is good but it’s a bit shocking that it has taken this long for them to announce when a fix will be in place and not the actual fix.

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When is the new system expected to be in place?

The system is expected to be up and running by the 1st of June, 2018. Zimra director of ICT did admit that the 2013 system was rushed and authorities had not followed all of the steps to make sure of efficiency. Hopefully, the promise of diligence is kept before this revised system goes live in order to minimize losses and also ensure there is less frustration for travelers.

Other improvements promised by Zimra…

  • Along with the upgrades to Asycuda, ZIMRA also acquired servers that will work hand in hand with Ascuda. The aim is to boost server capacity whilst also improving maintenance and improving efficiency.
  • Zimra intends to also increase its current stock of Electronic Cargo Tracking System that monitors trucks moving in Zimbabwe.

 

ZIMRAFaith MazaniBeitbridge

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority is a government department which is responsible for the collection of state revenue in form of excise duty, customs duty, road tolls, corporate and civil taxes. In addition, it also facilitates trade, offers fiscal advise to the government as well as... Read More About ZIMRA

Faith Mazani is the Commissioner General of Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA). She was appointed in January 2018 and succeded Gershem Pasi. Read More About Faith Mazani

Beitbridge is a Town located in Matabeleland South Province in Zimbabwe. Read More About Beitbridge

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4 Comments

  1. quen.crf@gmail.com says:

    thats great its about time

  2. arsoles says:

    ….” Along with the upgrades to Asycuda, ZIMRA also acquired servers that will work hand in hand with Ascuda….” whats the difference between ASYCUDA and ASCUDA, are there 2 different systems? Is there also an ASSCUDA and ARSECUDA system too, maybe?

  3. Dennis says:

    For starters Zimra should buy systems in which they know how to use or they would rather refrain to get custom made solution from the Business Process Management solutions which translate data from machine to machine to avoid manipulation of the system. Recently they were asking for training on a system that they had purchased called the OLSOLV in which could easily be manipulated. Thank you for the improvement its about time we catch up

  4. Dennis says:

    For starters Zimra should buy systems in which they know how to use or they would rather refrain to get custom made solution from the Business Process Management solutions which translate data from machine to machine to avoid manipulation of the system. Recently they were asking for training on a system that they had purchased called the OLSOLV in which could easily be manipulated. Thank you for the improvement its about time we catch up

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