2.3.12 Zambia Border Crossing of Zombe


Due to bad roads leading to Nakonda Border Post from Lusaka, some truckers are taking preference to use this border post due to the newly rehabilitated road to the border post from Mbala. This border crossing is northeast of Mbala. The road for 1 km from Mbala is good tarmac, and the joiner gravel from Mbala to the border post is in good condition.

Border Crossing Location and Contact

Name of Border Crossing

Zambia and Tanzania: Zombe Border Post

Province or District

Mbala District, Northern Province

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing

Mbala (16 km)





Managing Authority / Agency

Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA)

Contact Person

Mr Abel Mushili, Customs Collector, Mobile: +260 965800726


Travel Times

Nearest International Airport

Lusaka – Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (1050 km)

Truck Travel Time: 28 hrs

Car Travel time: 28 hrs

Nearest Port

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (1,152 km)

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

Kasama (170 km)

Truck Travel Time: 3 hrs

Car Travel time: 3 hrs

Other Information


Road to Mbala is good tarmac along the M1, from Mbala and the joiner gravel from Mbala to the border post is in good condition.

Hours of Operation

Every day regardless of holidays or season

0600 – 1800 hours

Daily Capacity

The border has grown busier in the past year after the rehabilitation of the road from Mbala. There is normally traffic of up to 30 trucks daily from and to Tanzania.

Customs Clearance

Minimum delays occur because of self-assessment pre-clearing routine on documentation done in advance.  Documentation requirements for food (cereals):

  1. Waybill
  2. Export permit (dependent 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-clearance possible and recommended through forwarding agent.  Bond is held by the agent for fees. ZRA is the Regulatory Authority. Inspection is required for import and export by Ministry of Agriculture and ZRA.  Fee of USD 100 per foreign registered truck and 196ZMW for Zambian trucks. All trucks are subject to inspection upon entering or leaving the harbour.

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

Other Relevant Information

Zombe Port Border Post, PO Box 420053 Mbala, email:

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

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