MOZAMBICAN AUTHORITIES TO SHOW ZERO TOLERANCE FOR CASHEW NUT SMUGGLING

The Mozambican Tax Authority (AT) in the northern province of Nampula has warned that it will not tolerate the smuggling of cashew nuts out of the country to evade payment of the surtax due on the export of raw, unprocessed cashews.

The Director of the northern delegation, Jeronimo Lopes, gave this “zero tolerance” warning at a media conference here Thursday after a meeting between cashew industry members and members of the Nampula provincial government to discuss measures required to strengthen the cashew processing industry.

Lopes recalled that last year the AT seized 40 containers full of raw cashew nuts in the port of Nacala before they could be smuggled out of the country.

“What we are proposing for this marketing season is to avoid contraband at all cost”, declared Lopes, who added that the AT was working with the National Cashew Institute (INCAJU) and with the processing companies to place staff at the cashew export terminals in Nacala.

Staff from INCAJU, and from the cashew companies “will facilitate transparency, from the packaging of the merchandise until it is loaded onto the ships”, he said. “Thus we shall eliminate any suspicions that may arise in the export of cashew nuts.”

The export surtax on raw nuts is a measure to protect the processing industry. The processing companies complain that exporters make false declarations to avoid paying the tax. This includes declaring they are exporting produce such as beans, whereas in reality the containers are full of cashew nuts. This is a fraud that harms both the state and the processing factories.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK