Customs DayThe Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) joined the Customs fraternity and the World Customs Organisation (WCO) in commemorating International Customs Day under the theme, “Customs and business: improving performance through partnerships.”

The International Customs fraternity celebrates International Customs Day on January 26 each year under the auspices of World Customs Organisation. The day identifies the efforts of people working in Customs organisations worldwide and their contribution to making communities safe, secure and prosperous.

Speaking on a live radio interview, ZIMRA’s Acting Commissioner General, Mr Tichawona G Chiradza pointed out that this year’s theme “captures the essence of Customs-private sector partnerships and underscores the importance of cooperation in the efficient facilitation of trade and travel.” The ZIMRA boss underscored the need for stakeholders to make a commitment and work together.

Mr Chiradza implored that the day is of high significance to the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) since it has come at a time the Authority has made huge strides in facilitating swift and hassle-free trade and travel.

He further added that the day came at a time when people are looking forward to the FIFA 2010 World Cup to be held in South Africa. This calls upon ZIMRA to be ready for this task and to work jointly with its stakeholders to manage the influx of people crossing the Zimbabwean borders in line with this year’s theme.

Mr Chiradza also noted that ZIMRA made a lot of notable achievements in 2009 and this includes the commissioning of the Chirundu One Stop Border Post, the first of its kind in Southern Africa