Botswana has embarked on an ongoing operation targeting grey car dealerships across the country.

Segolo Lekau, Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS) Commissioner General, on Wednesday told reporters in the capital Gaborone that the operation is a result of a risk analysis that has shown that motor dealership have been undervaluing costs importing motor vehicles they have on sale.


“By undervaluing these cars, BURS is finding it difficult to collect the required and correct tax and therefore Botswana loses on valuable customs revenue,” said Lekau.

Lekau said tax evasion is crippling Botswana in its endevours to move to a high-end income, as envisaged by the authorities.

“The growth of revenue has been subdued in non-minerals,” said Lekau, adding that BURS has plans to introduce stringent measures on importing cars.

He also highlighted that citizen in neighbouring countries are now using Botswana as a transit passage to import vehicles from overseas markets at inflated prices and then re-export them into their countries.

Botswana sources most of its grey car imports from Japan, Singapore and Britain through South Africa’s seaport Durban. Enditem


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