zimra 17-10-11.jpgThe Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) has reintroduced rebates on clothing with effect from this Thursday.

In a statement, ZIMRA said both new and old clothes, as well as shoes will now be cleared under the traveller’s rebate.

“In terms of Statutory Instrument 22A of 2012, clothes, whether new or second hand, and shoes can now be cleared under the traveller’s rebate with effect from 23 February 2012,” read the ZIMRA statement.

The traveller’s rebate is a duty free allowance of US$300 which is granted once every month subject to prescribed conditions which include that the goods shall not be for commercial purposes and that they are properly declared.

Statutory instrument 22A of 2012 was published in this Thursday’s extra ordinary government gazette.

ZIMRA’s move follows concerns that the removal of rebates encourages smuggling and underhand deals.

ZIMRA, together with the Ministry of Finance had earlier this week been slammed for not carrying out consultations before scrapping rebates on clothing, with analysts saying this move was first of its kind in the region.