Government has given a reprieve to importers of second-hand vehicles aged above ten years that were bought before the promulgation of the Statutory Instrument of 2021 barring the importation of the said cars.
In statement by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, all cars aged above 10-years will be cleared at the different entry points starting until May 31.
“Following the promulgation of SI 89 of 2021 on the importation of second-hand vehicles, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce in collaboration with Zimra have come up with an administrative arrangement to facilitate the clearance and expedient processing of vehicles purchased prior to the gazzeting of SI 89 of 2021.
The administrative arrangement will apply from April 22 to May 31,” said the Ministry of Industry and Commerece.
Zimbabwe imposed a ban on the importation of used vehicles older than 10 years as the country moves to revitalize its automotive industry and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
However, commercial vehicles such as tractors, haulage trucks, earth-moving equipment and other specialized vehicles used in mining and construction will be exempt from the new requirement, the state-run Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) reported Friday, quoting Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube.
Speaking during his delivery of the 2021 national budget in parliament on Thursday, Ncube said about 1.3 billion U.S. dollars was spent on importing buses and light commercial and passenger vehicles from 2015 to September 2020.
“This is despite the existence of capacity by the local motor industry to assemble the above-mentioned range of motor vehicles.
“Furthermore, due to lack of effective standards and regulation, road unworthy vehicles, which, in some instances fail to meet environmental and safety standards, find their way onto the market,” the ZBC quoted Ncube as saying.
Over the past decade, Zimbabwe has witnessed an unprecedented rise in the volume of vehicular traffic on the roads, driven by the availability of cheap imported cars mainly from Japan.