FTW Pick: Truck operators welcome seizure of trucks carrying illegal fuel

Truck operators across southern Africa have applauded the Zambian Revenue Authority (ZRA) after 60 trucks were impounded over a fuel smuggling scam recently.

According to a spokesman for the ZRA, trucks with concealed false bellies containing fuel were found during crime-fighting operations at several border posts in the country. The spokesman said investigations were ongoing but authorities had found that fuel was being smuggled from Namibia via the Katima Mulilo border post as well as from Mozambique through the Chanida border.

It is estimated that as much as 1800 litres of fuel is carried in a false belly tank. Four trucks have been seized by Zambia at Katima Mulilo where seven more were detained and 23 were impounded at Chanida.

At Chirundu, the border post between Zambia and Zimbabwe, a total of 30 trucks were impounded, 15 of which were found to be carrying illegal fuel.

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