12 Sep 2013 04:00
NOORDOEWER, 12 SEP (NAMPA) Namibia recorded an increase in revenue from N.dollars 790 million in 2010/2011 to N.dollars 1.2 billion in 2012/2013 in the form of Value-Added Tax (VAT) and Customs and Excise duties.
This increase is attributed to the installation and operation of scanners at various entry and exit points in the country, such as at the Wenela, Oshikango and Trans-Kalahari border posts.
Minister of Finance Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila provided these figures at the commissioning of the eighth scanning facility at the Noordoewer border post on Wednesday.
Similar facilities bought by the Ministry of Finance in August 2009 were also installed at the Hosea Kutako International Airport, Eros Airport and the Walvis Bay harbour.
Scanners are used to X-ray goods and vehicles coming into the country through the use of radiation and magnetic resonance imaging.
It helps Customs and Excise officials determine what types of goods are entering the country, and administer the appropriate VAT charges.
We have no doubt that these figures will increase after all 14 scanners are installed and are fully-operational in the 2014/2015 financial year, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila noted.
She said the other objectives for the deployment of scanning equipment are to ensure the detection, control and prevention of prohibited and restricted goods, human trafficking and protected fauna and flora species from entering or exiting the country.
I wish to issue a stern warning to business owners, individuals and corporates who make themselves guilty of evading duties and tax payments that the heavy hand of the law will be unleashed unto them before they realise it.
We will no longer rely on what you tell us, but on what the scanners will show us, she stressed.
The minister then called on the Namibian Police to work together with the Customs department in order to ensure that the process of eliminating the smuggling of goods and drugs into the country, amongst other crimes, is successful.
The scanners will certainly reduce the long and tiring manual method used in the past to check goods and vehicles.
Customs officials at Noordoewer enthused that scanning one truck takes two minutes now, in contrast to about two hours spent on the same task when done manually.
Drivers and everyone else who might find themselves at any of the borders in the country are warned to stay away from the scanners during the scanning process as the radiation exerted during the scanning process might cause cancer.
Other scanner facilities are currently being installed at the Ariamsvlei border post, as well as at the Post Office in Windhoek.