2.3.17 Zambia Border Crossing of Chirundu


This border post is busy with a steady volume of traffic, it operates as a “one stop border post”.  It is a main crossing for the country with Zimbabwe. The road that guarantees access is made of good tarmac from Lusaka on the T2 highway.  Trucks are challenged on this route as they cross the Zambezi escarpment which is a steep grade and the cause of many accidents despite improvements to the highway. The same situation applies on the Zimbabwe side where the Zambezi escarpment is extended. Currently, this is Zambia’s second busiest border crossing point after Kasumbalesa border point (Zambia/DRC). However, there is high possibility of reduction in traffic once the Kazungula bridge is commissioned as most north and south bound truckers would prefer to use Kazungula border crossing due to its proximity to the Republic of South Africa where most cargo is coming from.

Waiting time is 24 to 48 hours depending on documentation completeness. Pre-clearance and registration as well as forwarders with e-payment capability  are essential to facilitating cargo movement.

Border Crossing Location and Contact

Name of Border Crossing

Zambia and Zimbabwe: Chirundu Border Post

Province or District

Southern Province

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing

 Kafue (79 km)





Managing Authority / Agency

Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA)

Contact Person

Mr Chiwama Malama, Associate Commissioner and Station Manager, Mobile: +260 976 044893

Travel Times

Nearest International Airport

Lusaka – Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (135 km)

Truck Travel Time: 6 hrs

Car Travel time: 2.5 hrs

Nearest Port

Durban, South Africa (2,017 km)

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

Lusaka (135 km)

Truck Travel Time: 6 hrs

Car Travel time: 2.5 hrs

Other Information

Roads are made of good tarmac on the T2 to Lusaka. The border post has a steady volume of traffic with minimum wait when all documentation is correct. 

Hours of Operation

Every day regardless of holidays or season

06:00 – 22:00

Daily Capacity

This border post has a steady volume of traffic.  There is very little parking space available for trucks except along the roadside outside the gates.  Approximately 440 trucks per day cross both ways through the post.  The maximum capacity is about 500 trucks per day.  About a 24 hour wait when all documentation is correct can be expected.      

Customs Clearance

 Delays occur when documentation is incomplete. 

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 country.

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

Other Relevant Information

Photos are not permitted within the gates of this border post. Food is inspected by the Ministry of Agriculture. 

Chirundu Border Post, PO Box 360277 Chirundu, Tel: +260 211383700, email:

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


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