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Revenue authority restricts gemstones export permit application to online platform


Export permit application for gemstones will now be done electronically, through the Mineral Output Statistical Evaluation System (MOSES), Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has announced.

According to ZRA, all gemstones mines and dealers would be expected to use the gemstone module from the date of roll-out.

Commissioner General, Dingani Banda, made this announcement during a presentation on Domestic Revenue Mobilisation – Gemstones Subsector in Kitwe on Friday at the launch of the Gemstone Module.

“From November 23 to December 31,2023, parallel reporting of production returns will be allowed; while export permit application will be strictly through the MOSES from roll-out.

“From January 1, 2024, all production returns to be submitted strictly online. Penalties for non-submission of production returns by all taxpayers in the Gemstones subsector will be enforced,” he said.

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Banda also indicated that ZRA would enforce Section 95 of the Mines and Minerals Development Act that empowered the Commissioner General to prohibit the disposal of minerals by licence holders that are non- compliant to Mineral Royalty.

In 2024, he explained, ZRA would propose that this provision was extended to all tax types that mines were expected to be compliant with.

“Further, working with the Ministry, ZRA will recommend revocation of all Gemstones mining licence holders who are inactive for tax purposes for a consecutive period of three years.

“Inactivity means non-submission of tax returns and tax payments during the specified period,” Banda said.

He also indicated that ZRA and the Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development (MMMD) had continued collaborations in the maintenance and enhancement of MOSES.

Banda explained that this collaboration had now delivered the addition of the gemstones module on MOSES to enable the gemstones mines and traders to also submit electronic mineral returns and applications for the Gemstones export permits.

“Several stakeholder engagements and training in the use of the Module has been conducted in the major Gemstone mining areas such as Copperbelt, Eastern, Luapula and Southern Provinces.

“The Module was to be rolled-out to the dealers on 15th November, 2023. A period of three months will be allowed for parallel reporting of online and paper reports but export permit application will strictly be online from the roll-out date,” he said.

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