Zim trade agency calls for decentralisation of export permits


Zimbabwe’s trade promotion agency, ZimTrade, has called on the government to decentralise the issuing of export permits as part of its ease of doing business reforms.

“A critical issue is the decentralisation of permits. In the spirit of devolution, some of our exports have already been devolved because if you look at it, areas like Chipinge are strong in terms of horticulture,” said  ZimTrade’s manager for export development, Tatenda Marume.

“But why do they have to come here and get an export permit in Harare, when we know that almost all the exports of avocados and macadamia are coming from that region?”

He said that an imbalanced operating environment was making Zimbabwe's exports uncompetitive, even at regional level.

"From a market survey we did recently, we found that Zimbabwean products are at least 15% more expensive than what you would get from our regional competitors.”

Marumi said that because of the “competitiveness gap”, any extra delay or any extra cost – no matter how small – would negatively affect Zimbabwe’s export future.


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