The Government of the Republic of Zambia has collected K2,102,600 from the transiting of Mukula Logs from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The Government issued Statutory Instrument (SI) No. 96 of 2018 amended by SI No. 8 of 2019, and further amended by SI No. 58 of 2019 “The Control of Goods (import and export) (Forest Produce) (Authorization of Importation) (Democratic Republic of Congo) Order, 2018.”
The SI authorized the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to transit through Zambia 3,400 “40 foot” Containers laden with Mukula Logs for a period of Six (6) months with effect from 28th December 2018.
The Government of the Republic of Zambia is collecting revenue from this exercise through inspection and escort fees at a rate of K2,400 and K2,000 per container respectively. A total amount of K1,187,400 has so far been collected for inspection of the 455 Trucks. The Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has also paid K915,200 to meet the cost of escorting the 455 Trucks. This brings the total amount collected for the 455 trucks to K2,102,600
This came to light when the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Jean Kapata, MP gave a Ministerial Statement in Parliament on the transiting of Mukula Logs from DRC.
She was quick to mention that out of the Four Hundred and Fifty-Five (455) Trucks (containers) that have been paid for, Three Hundred and Sixty-One (361) Trucks have transited through Zambia adding that there are challenges being encountered during the implementation of the exercise.
The Government of the DRC has not been able to implement the exercise as projected by the Zambian Government. The agreed plan was to have a minimum of sixty (60) trucks transiting per day.
Therefore, a delegation from DRC has been invited to come and discuss the revised terms and conditions of transiting the remaining consignment of Mukula Logs from DRC.
Click here to download the full Ministerial Statement delivered in Parliament.