In July 2009, the government of Zimbabwe announced a change in import duties.



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Ministry of Finance Zimbawe. (16 July 2009). Mid-Year Fiscal Policy Review. Available at

Inception date: 01 Aug 2009 | Removal date: open ended

Import tariff

On 16 July 2009, Zimbabwe Finance Minister Tendai Biti gave his Mid-Year Fiscal Policy Review. In the review, he proposed the amendments with trade implications outlined below:

  1. Scrappage of a 40 percent import duty on foreign newspapers.
  2. Lowering of tariffs on line telephone sets and handheld telephone sets from 25 percent to 5 resp. 0 percent.
  3. Lowering of import duty on printers from 5 to 0 percent.
  4. Reduction of duties on powdered milk and butter oil from 40 to 0 percent.
  5. Reduction of duties on leather in slabs, waste leather, palm stearine, wadding textile fibres, binding and baler twine of sisal, twine of synthetic fibres from 40 to 10 percent.
  6. Reduction of import duty on public transport type passenger motor vehicles from 25 to 15 percent.
  7. Reduction of import duty on single cab trucks in the transport of goods frm 25 to 20 percent.