An innovative platform meant to address some of the challenges faced by Travelers, Cross-Border-Traders, Importers and Exporters across Zimbabwean Borders has been launched.
The platform is called The Zimborderguide comprises of a website, Mobile Application, Markertplace, Guidebook and Magazine. The platform aims to address these challenges by providing Travelers, Importers and Exporters with up-to-date border related news, advice, information and resources on Customs, Immigrations and Cross Border travel.
In a statement the Zimborderguide said “The platform was brought about by the realisation that a lot of people interacting with Zimbabwean borders face challenges in getting all the information and resources necessary for a hassle free border experience all from one place. The Zimborderguide therefore aims to be a One-Stop-Shop providing all the Customs, Immigration and Border Crossing resources and requirements that anyone will ever need when dealing with Zimbabwean Border Posts. The platform provides tips and advice on both Customs and Immigrations, tips on how to save time and reduce costs whether travelling, importing or exporting across Zimbabwean borders. The platform also provides up-to-date news of what is happening at the border that could affect any business and time spent there.
The Zimborderguide Mobile App features an Import Duty calculator that uses the latest tariff rates from the ZIMRA Integrated Customs Tariff. This helps people to make better and informed financial decisions when planning to import vehicles or other goods from across the border. The company also published a comprehensive Zimbabwean Travel, Import and Export Guidebook also titled “The Zimborderguide” available in both electronic and print versions. The electronic version is available on the website and also through Amazon, the e-version can be read from the Zimborderguide Mobile App which comes Free with a purchase of the guidebook. The guide features topics meant to guide someone through the various procedures required of anyone once at the border.
There are very detailed topics focused on time and cost saving advice for Individual or Commercial Importers and Exports. On the latter the guide explains in detail the requisite licencing, various procedures and steps on how individuals and companies can cost effectively get into the lucrative Export and Import business Some of the topics included are, “How to legally reduce costs on Customs Duty, Duty Free Allowances, 2017 Complete Duty FREE List, How to import a vehicle into Zimbabwe, Commercial Import and Export, Best practice when travelling with children or pets” and a lot more other useful topics.
The Guidebook can be bought through the Zimborderguide online store. The store accepts payment through Ecocash, Telecash, Visa, Mastercard and Zimswitch. Delivery of the guide is covered throughout Zimbabwe and even across the border. The Guide can also be bought through various Zimborderguide distribution Agents who include Individuals, Companies, Bookshops, Libraries, Bus Depots, Cross Border Bus Operators, Airport Lounges, Service Stations among others. On purchase from the Zimborderguide website a buyer will not only receive a secure link to download the APP but will be presented with a list of approved Agents where they can collect their hard copy of the guide or magazine . Agent registration can also be found from the website.
The Zimborderguide actively supports the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA)’s anti-smuggling and anti-corruption initiatives by displaying and promoting anti-corruption, anti-smuggling and informative articles from the authority through its innovative and high traffic online and offline platform. Tax Consultants and Clearing Agents also stand to benefit immensely from the platform. Agents registered through the Zimborderguide website have the privilege to get clients that require their services through the Zimborderguide Marketplace system. The innovative system pairs an Individual or Company requiring Customs Clearing or Tax Consulting services with a suitable agent within a clients’ budget.” Read the statement.
The Zimborderguide Team is made up of former Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) staff with years of hands–on Customs, Taxes and Cross-Border experience between them. In January 2016 the company ran its inaugural Technology and Tax Compliance workshop in Harare, in which speakers from ZIMRA shed more light on the ZIMRA E-services System. The workshop also drew other speakers and attendees from Tax consulting firms and the business fraternity, some of whom included Sage Pastel and members of the Institute of Certified Tax Accountants of Zimbabwe (ICTAZ) among others. – Source: News Day