Paratus Telecom Zambia takes Chirundu border post online
> Wallace Mawire
PARATUS Telecom Zambia has extended its internet network coverage to Chirundu border post in a move aimed at facilitating speedy transactions and trade at the port of entry mainly serving Zimbabwe and Zambia.
It is reported that the new Point-of-Presence (PoP) builds on Paratus Telecom’s efforts to provide sufficient bandwidth to enable clearing agents, importers and exporters to access the Zambia Revenue Authority’s Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) system for handling customs procedures efficiently at the border post.
ASYCUDA is an internet-based system that enables customs authorities and traders to handle customs procedures electronically for quicker declaration processing.
“This extended network helps speed up customer clearing of goods and has enabled traders to access ZRA’s ASYCUDA network more efficiently. It is important, it helps accelerate clearing, hence streamlining trade at Chirundu,” says Paratus Telecom Zambia Country Manager Marius van Vuuren.
Clearing agent, freight forwarder and logistics company NAC 2000 is the first organisation to access the newly established point-of-presence with others in Chirundu expected to join shortly.
“Our network makes it more efficient for exporters and importers to process transactions. The network is fast and saves traders time, which is important for trade, as it speeds up the whole process.
Trucks and drivers spend less time at the border, ZRA get their money faster and customers their goods. It’s a win-win for everybody,” he said.
The establishment of the new point-of-presence has presented a formidable opportunity for traders while making international markets more accessible to enterprises in Chirundu.
The new point-of-presence in Chirundu is part of Paratus Telecom’s efforts to extend its network to major industrial and commercial centres throughout Zambia, with additional international points-of-presence located in Johannesburg and Cape Town (South Africa), Gaborone (Botswana), Windhoek (Namibia), Luanda (Angola), Kinshasa and Lubumbashi (DRC), Lisbon (Portugal) as well as London (UK).
“Our presence in Chirundu has proved to be a vital tool for modernising Chirundu customs procedures.
“It has played a key role in upgrading customs standards as well as addressing Zambia’s determination to facilitate trade in a professional manner,”Vuuren said.