2.3.2 Zambia Border Crossing of Kasumbulesa


Zambian Revenue and Immigration authorities are present at this crossing.  It consists of a very small post that has no electricity and the minimal staff use solar energy to support the computer system.  No truck crossing is possible and only small 4x4 vehicles can access the area since the road is in poor condition and very difficult on the DRC side. 

Border Crossing Location and Contact

Name of Border Crossing

Zambia and DRC: Kasumbulesa Border Post

Province or District

Chililabombwe District, Copperbelt Province

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing

Chilabombwa (16 km)





Managing Authority / Agency

Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA)

Contact Person

Martin Banda, Station Master (+260 977 303355)

Travel Times

Nearest International Airport

Ndola – Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport (154 km)

Truck Travel Time: 4.5 hrs

Car Travel time: 3 hrs

Nearest Port

Dar es Salaam (1,980 km)

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

Kitwe (89 km)

Truck Travel Time: 3 hrs

Car Travel time: 1.5 hrs

Other Information

There are fueling stations in Chilabombwa which is a small town 16 km from the border post.  The road from Chingola to the border was completed in 2018 but already deteriorating due to heavy usage by heavy duty trucks. Heavy truck traffic on all main roads as well as to and from the border area.  The village of Kasumbalesa is a bustling border market area where people cross the border from DRC commodity loads are moved by bicycles across the border daily, in large volumes.

Hours of Operation

Everyday regardless of holidays or season

06:00 – 18:00 

Daily Capacity

Capacity could be as many as 1300 trucks per day total, both ways. There is heavy truck traffic on all main roads as well as to and from border area, with the village of Kasumbalesa as a bustling market area where people come to buy and sell from DRC. High volumes of Cargo loads are moved by bicycle across the border daily.  Parking areas are highly congested despite onsite parking space of approximately 1800 trucks provided for trucks crossing.  Office space is new and modern built by an Israeli company working with GRZ through a PPP arrangement.  

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 is available through forwarding agent and recommended. A bond is held by the agent for a fee. ZRA is the Regulatory Authority. Inspection is required for import and export by the Ministry of Agriculture and the ZRA.  There is a fee of USD 100 per foreign registered truck and (USD 20.22) 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

Waiting time is approximately a full day or more if all documentation is complete and correct. Food is inspected by the Ministry of Agriculture.  

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

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