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KASUMBALESA BORDER CONGESTION DROPS BY 80P.C.

By SANFROSSA MANYINDA
HE traffic flow at Kasumbalesa border in Chililabombwe has improved by about 80 percent, the Zambia Revenue Authority has disclosed.

There were a lot of trucks that were marooned at the border in the recent past especially those that were headed to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) due to certain procedures and the size of the road.
Last month, ZRA expressed confidence that the measures that were put in place at Kasumbalesa border would see the flow of traffic.
The Zambian officials made an agreement with their Congolese counterparts to have certain procedures carried out on the Zambian side so that trucks were not taking long to be cleared.
An integrated border clearing system was initiated.
The two countries also agreed that the working hours be increased instead of knocking off at 18:00 officers were now operating up to 21:00 hours.
ZRA Corperate Communications Manager, Topsy Sikalinda, said the improvement of the flow was due to the use of the new coordinated border management system.
“This involves all border agencies working together to ensure that the process and procedures at the border are streamlined to achieve one purpose, improve efficiency and seamless flow of traffic,” Mr Sikalinda said.
He said that the queues had been reduced to manageable levels and that ZRA was working to completely eliminate the queues.
Mr Sikalinda added that an average of 600 trucks into the DRC and about 550 into Zambia were cleared on a daily basis.

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