Zimbabwe has experienced a 62 percent drop in transit fraud and smuggling following the inception of an electronic cargo tracking system by the government last year.

Hundreds of millions of dollars worth of products were in the past few years finding their way onto the domestic market without paying taxes as importers were falsely claiming that goods are on transit.

The move prompted government through the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) to introduce an electronic cargo system with revelations at the Zimbabwe Customs and Excise Network meeting in the capital that instances of smuggling and transit fraud have dropped by more than 60 percent.

ZIMRA board member Ms Nompumelelo Abu Basuthu said measures are therefore being implemented to ensure that foreign trucks or cargo complies with the stipulated clearance systems.

Before the introduction of the system, it also emerged that many trucks were allegedly evading duty and taxes by falsely claiming to be on transit and off-loading imports in the country a move, Zimbabwe Network of Customs Experts chairman Mr Elisha Tshuma says needs urgent attention by the relevant authorities.

Trucks passing through Zimbabwe are now being expected to follow stipulated routes and use designated areas as the government intensifies efforts to eliminate smuggling and instances of transit fraud.