Zambia’s tax agency on Thursday said it intercepted 80,000 liters of ethanol that was smuggled into the country.
Topsy Sikalinda, the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) Corporate Communications manager, said the ethanol, packed in 80 drums of 1,000 liters each, was declared as hydrogen peroxide to conceal the identity of the true consignment.
“The drums of the trucks have stickers that show that the consignment is hydrogen peroxide. However, an inspection for quantity and declaration revealed that the product was ethanol,” he said in a statement.
Further inspections of the two trucks used for smuggling and verification of documents also revealed that the same consignment was declared as ethanol in Botswana.
Ethanol was used as a raw material in the production of excisable products, he said, warning that smuggling distorts the collection of data by customs for trade purposes, causing loss of revenue and unfair trade competition.
The tax agency was committed to the fight against illicit trade, said the manager, adding that it has deployed robust techniques to ensure that it actively conducts intelligence surveillance, investigations and prosecution of unscrupulous traders.