beitbridge border post 03-11-10.jpgThe Shipping  and Forwarding Agents Association of Zimbabwe (SFAAZ) is in the process of engaging stakeholders in the trade industry, with the aim of coming up with strategies to increase efficiency in clearing of both human and commercial traffic at the country’s ports of entry.

 

The freight industry representative body says members of the association are still faced with challenges of delays in the clearing of goods at border posts and has called for increased cooperation for the transformation of the clearing system.

Newly elected SFAAZ Chairman, Mr Phanuel Gukwe, said it is critical that there is human capital development as well as the introduction of modern technologies at the ports of entry to minimise delays.

 “We have intensified engagement with relevant stakeholders in the industry to improve the operating environment and we have to that end been having regular meetings with ZIMRA towards improved efficiency at the border posts,” said Mr Gukwe.

Meanwhile, the association says there has been a slight improvement in business due to the increase in capacity utilisation in local industries.

There is need however, according to Mr Gukwe for increased support of the productive sectors of the economy to ensure that the cost of production is reduced to sustainable levels.

SFAAZ, which is a member of the Federation of Clearing and Forwarding Associations of Southern Africa and the International Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations (FIATA), has over the years grown to be an integral unit in the facilitation of trade in the  country.