The USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub boosts trade and investment with and within Southern Africa.

View By Country: Zambia
View By Month: August 2020

On August 24, 2020, the USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub (USAID TradeHub) held a preparatory meeting with the Zambia Revenue Authority and the National Trade Facilitation Committee to discuss the official launch of the Chirundu Time Release Study (TRS). The meeting was led by the TRS Working Group Chair, who sits within the Zambia Revenue Authority. By ensuring streamlined border procedures and continuous improvement, the TRS will contribute to Zambia’s compliance with the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement (WTO-TFA), specifically Article 7.6, which requires that countries publish average release times of goods at their borders. Some of the recommendations from the TRS, including the mandatory pre-clearance of goods, will reduce border dwell times and trade costs. The USAID TradeHub facilitated an earlier national TRS workshop that brought together various stakeholders involved in the facilitation of movement of goods at Zambia’s border posts. The USAID TradeHub was also instrumental in creating the national TRS Working Group, which collected and analyzed data from the Chirundu border post. These activities are in line with the USAID TradeHub objective of providing targeted trade facilitation support to Zambia.

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