2.3.10 Zambia Border Crossing of Chembe



This border post has a steady volume of traffic.  The crossing receives and dispatches cargo vehicles transiting from the Mokambo Border Post across DRC as well as imports and exports from DRC.  The road to access is of good tarmac on M3 from Mansa.   

Waiting time is dependent upon documentation completeness. 

Border Crossing Location and Contact

Name of Border Crossing


Chembe Border Post:

 Country #1: Zambia
Country #2: DRC

Province or District

Luapua Province

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing




90 km


S 11.96765


E 028.74619

Managing Authority / Agency


Contact Person

Mr Enock Ndhlovu, Customs Collector, Mobile: +260 976407800/963660736

Travel Times

Nearest International Airport

Lusaka – Kenneth Kaunda International Airport

Distance 830 km

Truck Travel Time: 27 hrs

Car Travel time: 13 hrs

Nearest Port

Beira/Nacala/Durban/Dar es Salaam

Nearest location with functioning wholesale markets, or with significant manufacturing or production capacity


Distance 90 km

Truck Travel Time: 3 hrs

Car Travel time: 1.5 hrs

Other Information

Road is good tarmac on M3.  Border post has a steady volume of traffic with minimum wait with correct documentation. 

Hours of Operation

Every day regardless of holidays or season

06:00 – 18:00

Daily Capacity

This border post has a steady volume of traffic.  Very little parking space for trucks is available, except along the roadside.  Approximately 70-75 trucks per day cross both ways with most in transit coming from the Zambia Mokambo Border Post.  The maximum capacity is about 100 trucks per day and there is about a 1-2 hour wait when all documentation is correct.  The road providing access is of excellent tarmac from Mansa on M3.      

Customs Clearance

Delays occur when documentation is incomplete.  Documentation requirements for food (cereals):

  1. Waybill

  2. Export permit (dependant on commodity)

  3. Certificate of Origin (COMESA/SADC)

  4. Fumigation certificate

  5. Export schedule (in case of Maize)

  6. Invoice

  7. Phytosanitary certificate

Electronic pre-clearanceis  possible and recommended through a forwarding agent.  A bond is held by the agent for and for a fee. The ZRA is the Regulatory Authority. Inspection is required  by the  Ministry of Agriculture and the ZRA for import and export.  A fee of 100 USD per foreign registered truck and 196 ZMW for Zambian trucks is required. All trucks are subject to inspection upon entering or leaving the country.


For more information on customs in Zambia, please see the following link: 1.3 Zambia Customs Information


Other Relevant Information


Cargo transits from and to DRC with correct documentation are done fairly smoothly.  Movement of people and private vehicles from Mokambo to Chembe are not recommended since they experience more difficulties. Photos can be found in Annexes.


Food is inspected by the Ministry of Agriculture. 


Chembe Border Post, PO Box 710712 Mansa, Tel: +260 211381752, email:


 For more information on government contact details, please see the following link: 4.1 Zambia Government Contact List

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