Tanzania, United Republic of
2.3.11 Tanzania Border Crossing of Tunduma (Zambia)


A project of One Stop Border Post (OSBP) is currently being implemented at the Tunduma border. The investment will allow to upgrade the existing infrastructure, implement informatics system and allow to speed up the flows between Zambia and Tanzania. On the Zambia side (Nakonde), the OSBP is fully operational.

Border Crossing Location and Contact

Name of Border Crossing

Tanzania: Tunduma
Zambia: Nakonde

Province or District

Mbeya district

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing

Tunduma (0 km)





Managing Authority / Agency

Tanzanian Revenue Authority (TRA)

Contact Person


Travel Times

Nearest International Airport

Songwe Airport (113 km)

Truck Travel Time: 1h 45 min

Car Travel time: 1h 45 min

Nearest Port

Dar es Salaam (925 km)

Truck Travel Time: 20 hrs

Car Travel time: 20 hrs

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

Mbeya (113 km)

Truck Travel Time: 1h 45 min

Car Travel time: 1h 45 min

Other Information


The road linking Dar es Salaam to Tunduma is under massive construction in order to wider the road.

Hours of Operation


24 hrs


24 hrs


24 hrs


24 hrs


24 hrs


24 hrs


24 hrs

National Holidays


Seasonal Constraints

During the rainy season, the examination of goods takes more time since the covered space is limited.

Daily Capacity

Every day, between 300 and 400 cargo trucks are crossing the border at Tunduma. In addition, a considerable number of private vehicles and pedestrians are transiting via the border crossing. The border crossing agents give priority of certain type of vehicles. Thus, tankers have priority to cross the border, then private vehicles, and finally the cargo trucks. The route to reach and cross the border is narrow and it causes important problem of congestion. Trucks take at least a day to process through customs.

Customs Clearance

Usual documents are required for the custom clearance including invoice, packing list, permits, and the contract signed between the customer and the clearance agent, if any. The truck driver has to present his passport to the authority. Note that the goods could be subject to examination upon entering country. The fees vary in function of the origin, destination, and the number of axles. For small vehicles, the fees are mainly based on the longer of the journey in Tanzania.

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

Other Relevant Information

Recently, a new formality has been added at the Tunduma border crossing (only for Tanzania side). Few kilometres before reaching the border, the cargo trucks and tankers drivers have to present their custom clearance papers at a police office. If all the papers are complete, the drivers obtain a card which allows them to proceed to the queue at the border. 

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

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