Airlines operating in Zambia to submit cargo manifests effective January 1, 2024


All airlines operating in Zambia will be required to submit cargo manifests prior to the arrival of the aircraft in the country effective January 1, 2024.

The Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) who made this announcement in a statement on Saturday explained that the decision has been
necessitated by the amendment to Section 22(2) of the Customs and Excise Act Chapter 322 of the Laws of Zambia.

ZRA Corporate Communications Manager, Oliver Nzala, further explained that this was made to improve efficiency in the clearance of cargo at airports.

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Nzala indicated that all airlines that operated in Zambia had been informed of this new requirement.

“The amendment requires that cargo manifests should be submitted electronically to the Customs Services Division of Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) before or immediately after departure of the aircraft. This is aimed at simplifying clearance of cargo at airports in Zambia by Customs,” he said.

In the past, Nzala recalled, there had been some delays in the clearance of cargo at airports due to the manual submission of the manifests by airlines.

“Zambia Revenue Authority continues to evolve and innovate the way the institution conducts its business.

“The Authority has been automating most of its business processes for simplified, efficient, and reliable business systems through the implementation of various projects,” he concluded.

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