Tanzania, United Republic of
2.3.2 Tanzania Border Crossing of Kigoma (DR Congo)


The border of Kigoma is located at Lake Tangayika. Most of the facilities and equipment such as cranes, warehouse and customs offices are located at Kigoma port. Strong winds at the lake and rain hinder the smooth operation of marine vessels since they limit the loading and offloading of goods at the port.

Border Crossing Location and Contact

Name of Border Crossing

Kigoma Border

Province or District

Kigoma mjini

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing

Ujiji  (8 km)


S 04o 32’627’


E 029o 37’633’’

Managing Authority / Agency

Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA)

Contact Person

Customs Officer

Mathew Riziki

Tel: +255712526643

Email: mriziki@tra.go.tz


Travel Times

Nearest International Airport


Nearest Port

Kibilizi Port

Distance, 1 km

Truck Travel Time: 8 minutes

Car Travel time: 3 minutes

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


Distance, 8 km

Truck Travel Time: 40 minutes

Car Travel time: 25 minutes

Other Information


Lumumba road is the road direct to the border, alongside the road there are various services like fuel stations (ORYX, OLYMPIC and GBP) and financial services like Exim Bank and CRDB Bank.

Hours of Operation


12 hours, from 7:00 to 18:00


12 hours, from 7:00 to 18:00


12 hours, from 7:00 to 18:00


12 hours, from 7:00 to 18:00


12 hours, from 7:00 to 18:00


12 hours, from 7:00 to 18:00


12 hours, from 7:00 to 18:00

National Holidays


There is no operation during all recognized national holidays, but in case of any circumstances or emergencies, the operation at the border is conducted as usual.

Seasonal Constraints

Strong winds and heavy rains limit the smooth operation of marine transport services and customs procedures.

Daily Capacity

The daily capacity of the border is determined by the number of ships that call at the port since the border is along the lake (Lake Tanganyika). Vehicles are used to bring in and take out the cargo from the port but only marine vessels are used to cross the border. Per day about 200 to 500 tons of cargo are cleared at the border.

Customs Clearance

Usual documents are required for the custom clearance including invoice, packing list, permits, authorization letter, Bill of lading and the contract signed between the customer and the clearance agent, if any. Note that the goods could be subject to examination upon entering the country and also the certificate of origin can be required if the goods are from the country within the same regional integration such members countries of SADIC so as to get reduction of taxes.

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

At Kigoma border there is no waiting time especially if all required documents are complete and are on time. In the previously years, the waiting time was due to the payments for duties and taxes, but currently there is improvement of payment system which has reduced the waiting time. The system is known as TANCIS. Food shipments may be subjected to multiple inspections from TFDA to ensure their quality and compliance with approved standards.

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


Jump to top