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Illegal Second-hand Clothes Trade Flourish

Illegal Second-hand Clothes Trade Flourish

Bales of second-hand clothes are still finding their way into Zimbabwe from Mozambique as their trading is permissible under Mozambican law.

Dealers are reportedly flocking to Mozambique’s Gabo area of Chimoio daily to buy large numbers of bales before engaging couriers to transport them to various parts of Zimbabwe.

Trucks and kombis laded with the contraband cross into Zimbabwe daily under the cover of darkness.

The issue emerged during a ZimTrade Outward Trade Mission to Manica in Mozambique where Mozambican and Zimbabwean business people interacted.

Director of Customs in Manica Province, Olices Tembe said the issue of smuggling has been raised on various platforms but Mozambique’s hands are tied.

Tembe was responding to queries raised by the Mozambican business community who said the country is now being viewed as a haven of illegal activities. Said Tembe:

We cannot stop the trucks from leaving this country because there are no laws stopping Mozambican people from trading bales.

Once they cross into Zimbabwe, we cannot speak on behalf of our Zimbabwean counterparts as it is a sovereign State.

A dealer involved in the buying and the transportation of the bales to various locations in Zimbabwe, Paulo Erinesto, told The Manica Post said he is able to deliver bales to customers’ doorsteps. He said:

This is our line of business and you will never go wrong if you engage our services.

We have customers who phone us from Zimbabwe and place their orders and send in money to buy their stuff.

We ensure that we engage reliable transporters who know how to evade law enforcement agents and deliver the bales to our customers’ doorsteps.

The prices of the bales vary depending on the quality of the stuff.

The best bales go for as much as US$300 and you are assured of a return on your investment.

Another dealer, Victor Maposa from Mutare, said they have devised strategies for evading law-enforcement agents. Said Maposa:

We know which routes to take to evade arrests. We are constantly in touch with our customers giving them updates on our movements.

We operate as syndicates and for big consignments, escort vehicles are deployed to accompany the delivery trucks to their destinations.

So many routes have been opened along the border and whenever we discover that our routes are now known by law enforcement agents, we open new ones. I am at your disposal if you need these services.

Smuggling of second-hand clothing (mabhero) has negatively-affected Zimbabwe’s textile industry.

More: The Manica Post

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Sealed Clothing Bales 1 week ago

Vanhu vopfeka nhembe here kana salary ichitadza kutenga 1 outfit ma Edgars, regai vaende Ku Mupedgars

Chawabvunza 1 week ago

It is true that second hand goods trading, especially clothes is flourishing because people no longer have strong buying power to go into Chinese shops to buy new clothes. This country is going to the dogs.



Dhuterere 1 week ago

makuda kuti vana vaseke mateacher like they used to do before bhero regai vanhu vapfeke munoti imi kana munemari tese tinayo

bale 1 week ago



Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 1 week ago

You can't ban cheap clothes without a solution to the citizens problem...

Old-People's-Home 🧣 👓 1 week ago


dispenser 1 week ago

the Gvt is sabotaging itself by corruption. They are recklessly printing rtgs destroying the value of money .The biggest reason why they claim no country cannot grow without its own currency. That's a lie it is a method of theft

Bluegwa 1 week ago

So matii tobvekei hedu isu tichitopfeka nedhuwe dzebhero ndodzakasimba

The King of Serpents 1 week ago

😂😂😂😂😂😂 taura hako, these days chinodiwa kusimba.

BABA VA BLUE 1 week ago

Ska topfekeyi siyanai nama bhero focus on what truly matters or kuisa shop ye zupco

Mdara Odza 1 week ago

Second hand clothes trade has been flourishing since the early 2000s, I am surprised to see State media reporting it as news now. Anywere, citizens will continue buy knock-off as long as our government has not uplifted the standard of living in the country. Second hand clothes will never compete with brand new clothes locally produced because people are pushed into buying the former on account of poverty, in the event of adequate resources, they will buy the latter.

Nyika yakauraiwa nevene vayo

: 1 week ago

bhero ririkutbatsira dai risko taipfeka here isu

The King of Serpents 1 week ago

Taura hako taifamba tisina kupfeka shuwa

comrade disaster 1 week ago

wait until the govt bans the import & sale of second clothes thru Statutory Instrument 666.
Everyone should buy clothes at Woolworths.& Edgar's.

Putin 🇷🇺 1 week ago

mukasapinda ne bhero tinoshama kudyiwa nema duck's,nyika inovakwa nevene vayo 🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼 hallelujah God bless you all

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