The Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has intercepted a truck with smuggled chicken pieces worth K260,000 in unpaid taxes.

In a statement, ZRA corporate communications manager Topsy Sikalinda stated that the consignment of chicken pieces was declared as transit goods going to a neighbouring country when in fact were destined for Lusaka.

“The chicken pieces and truck have been seized on grounds of false declaration and forgery contrary to section 141 Cap 322 of the Customs and Excise Act. The intercepted chicken pieces are worth K260,000 in taxes. There is precedence for traders to try and smuggle in goods during the festive season in order to make more profits, but the Authority has ensured that the Mobile Compliance Unit is in all strategic parts of the country. The consignment was declared as transit goods going to the neighbouring country when in fact the consignment was destined for Lusaka,” stated Sikalinda in a press release issued, Monday.

“Our investigations have so far revealed that this particular company has been smuggling meat products into the country using transit fraud. We always say it is cheaper to pay taxes than smuggling as the cost of smuggling is losing both the goods and the truck. We are aware that during the festive season, the temptation to smuggle goods like alcohol, groceries and other items is high, but we want to assure Zambians that the Authority is on high alert to deal with smugglers. The Authority wishes to call upon all members of the public to report anyone whom they know may be involved in tax evasion and we promise the reporters’ confidentiality will be protected.”