Goods Designated to Pay Duty in Foreign Currency

Designation of Foreign Currency Goods

The government promulgated Statutory Instrument (SI) Number 252A of 2018 on 23 November 2018. The SI provides for the payment of duty for selected goods in any currency other than the bond notes in all its forms. The list provided in the SI is comprehensive and places the goods against their tariff codes. This article provides a condensed list, in general terms, of the goods that require payment of duty in hard foreign currency. Importers are therefore urged to use this list as a guideline but refer to the SI for their specific importations.

The designated Goods

  • Cheeses
  • Fresh grapes
  • Uncooked or unroasted shelled ground nuts
  • Margarine
  • Prepared or preserved meats and meat preparations
  • Prepared or preserved fish
  • Prepared or preserved crab, crustaceans, muscles and other specified seafood
  • Chewing gum
  • Sugar Confectionery not containing cocoa
  • Chocolate
  • Preparations of flour, including dough and mixes
  • Pasta
  • Cereals, including corn snacks, puffs and flakes
  • Plain buns, rolls and  bread,  but excluding plain bread
  • Cucumbers, gherkins and other vegetables, fruits, nuts and other edible parts of plants preserved by vinegar or acetic acid
  • Preserved tomatoes
  • Mushrooms preserved otherwise than by vinegar or acetic acid
  • Homoginised vegetables, potatoes, peas, beans, asparagus, olives, sweetcorn and other vegetables and mixtures preserved otherwise than by vinegar or acetic acid
  • Vegetables, fruit, nuts, fruit-peel and other parts of plants
  • Specified fruit juices
  • Clear beer, wine, vermouth, cider and other fermented beverages
  • Spirituous beverages including brandy, whisky, rum, tafia, gin and Geneva, liqueuars, cordial and bitters
  • Cigarettes, cigars, smoking tobacco and cigarette tobacco substitutes
  • Specified toiletries including preparations for use on the hair and for deodorizing rooms
  • Articles of leather, including saddlery and harnesses
  • Trunks, suitcases, bags, clothing and accessories of leather
  • Handkerchiefs and serviettes of paper
  • Table and toilet linen
  • Motor vehicles in the form of Sedans, Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV’s), Station Wagons and Hatchbacks but excluding Pick-ups, Double Cabs, Panel Vans, Lorries and Mechanical Horses (gonyethi) and vehicles imported under the physical disability suspension
  • Articles and accessories for billiards of all kinds
  • Other games , operated by coins, bank notes, bank cards, tokens or by any means of payment

Application for exemption

Importers who qualify for the exemption from paying duty in foreign currency for the designated goods should lodge their application at the station where the goods have been entered or will be entered. All those that qualify must have at least purchased the goods on the 23 November 2018. Therefore, they are expected to expediently lodge the applications even for the goods that have not yet arrived to enable pressure-free processing of the applications whilst ensuring they know the currency of payment that shall apply, before goods arrive in Zimbabwe.

ZIMRA hosts Annual Charity ball


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By Takunda Chakadya

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) held its Annual Charity Ball at Rainbow Towers Hotel on 30 November 2018 in its quest to raise funds for its corporate social responsibility programmes which include scholarships funding, infrastructure donations and income generating projects for various charity institutions.

The Charity Ball saw key ZIMRA stakeholders partnering the Authority through purchasing tables of Platinum, Diamond, Gold and Standard packages varying in dollar value. Other donations included blankets and vouchers which were auctioned during the Ball.

ZIMRA donates Greenhouse to Bumhudzo Old People’s Home

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As part of its corporate social responsibility, ZIMRA donated a greenhouse to Bumhudzo Old People’s Home which was meant to improve the home’s standards of living by allowing the “all year round’’ production of horticultural products for consumption and commercial purposes. The handover ceremony was done 9th November 2018.

ZIMRA appreciates taxpayers & partners

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By Chenayi Mack Maponga

PRESIDENT Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa appreciated compliant taxpayers and partners that contribute to the country’s fiscal prudence at the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) Appreciation Awards dinner on 31 October 2018. The commemorations were held under the theme; “My Taxes, My duties - Building my Zimbabwe.”

Speaking at awards dinner, the President said limited and erratic tax payments grossly constrain Treasury and increase Government’s inability to meet its budgetary requirements.

CG calls on stakeholders to master a culture of voluntary compliance

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By Takunda Chakadya

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority Commissioner General, Ms Faith Mazani called on stakeholders to inculcate a culture of voluntary compliance to strengthen their relationship with the Taxman.

ZIMRA prescribes voluntary compliance to pharmaceutical industry

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Clients in the pharmaceutical industry were treated with a networking cocktail by ZIMRA’s Region 2 on 27 September 2018 at the Bulawayo Holiday Inn Hotel. The cocktail was aimed at encouraging voluntary compliance and reminding the clients about their tax obligations.



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ZIMRA officials in a meeting with IMF delegation.

By Tanaka Chitongo

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority’s (ZIMRA) Commissioner General (CG) Ms Faith Mazani held a media briefing on 26 September 2018 at the conclusion of an International MonetaryFund (IMF) Tax Administration Diagnostic Assessment Tool (TADAT) exercise that lasted two weeks.


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ZIMRA Commissioner General, Ms Faith Mazani with Professor Patrick Lumumba

By Tanaka Chitongo

Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) partnered the Economic Renaissance Summit held on the 20th of September 2018 at Rainbow Towers Hotel.

The event was attended by captains of industry and had three prominent presentations from Professor Patrick Lumumba, Professor Tony Hawkins and Dr Charles Mugaviri and ZIMRA sponsored the live screening of the summit by ZBC.

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