Illicit sugar imports hurting local industry – Zambia Sugar

An influx of smuggled sugar – now estimated at 20 000 tons a year - is negatively affecting the local industry. This according to the country’s major producer Zambia Sugar, who called for government intervention to halt illicit imports. “The smuggling of the commodity has created a black economy which…

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Zambian government releases impounded Mukula-laden trucks

The Zambian government, claiming victory over the smuggling of Mukula logs, has released 272 impounded trucks. But local traders complain that the export ban on this and other species is killing their livelihood. Lands and Environment Minister Jean Kapata said the trucks were released after it was established that their…

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“Export duty to spur maize smuggling” – Zambian opposition leader

The 10% export duty on raw maize is a recipe for smuggling, says Wynter Kabimba, a former minister and leader of the Zambian opposition party, Rainbow. Kabimba said the export duty will ultimately make government lose colossal sums of revenue as grain traders resort to smuggling. “There are many bush…

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Chinese triads linked to illegal Mukula harvests

Wealthy Chinese syndicates are allegedly behind the illegal harvest of Mukula trees in Zambia and neighbouring countries, well-placed sources close to a regional investigation in the smuggling of the endangered tree species revealed. They say the syndicate is using a named country in the SADC region as a conduit for…

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