The government has been commended for upgrading clearance systems at border posts across the country a move that is already benefiting local and regional traders.

The upgrading of clearance systems at border posts which started in June has eased long processes of trading documentation, according to the Zimbabwe Network of Customs Experts report.

 The chairman of the Zimbabwe Network of Customs Experts, Mr Elisha Tshuma said as opposed to  technical challenges that were costing the state millions in potential revenue with business also losing viable opportunities, the upgrading of clearance systems has so far increased the volume of business for local and regional traders.

“We are at a system or stage where everything is just moving according to the relevant steps and we anticipate a lot from that aspect,” he said.

Confederation of Zimbabwe Retailers president Mr Denford Mutashu said the upgrading of clearance systems has also seen companies that are importing capital equipment for local production managing to get the relevant machinery on time.

“It is something that has some positive effects and we anticipate a lot to happen in key productive sectors of the economy,” Mr Mutashu said.

Zimbabwe’s border posts have in the past few years been experiencing technical challenges due to clearance system failures at major entry points.