2.3.20 Zambia Border Crossing of Sakanya


This border post has a fairly volume of traffic.  This crossing is basically one sided cargo movement from Zambia into DRC. Mostly moved items are construction material from Zambia into DRC.The road to the border is heavily dilapidated, however the contractor is already on site doing repair to Ndola. Also controls movement restricted and prohibited goods.

Waiting time is dependent upon documentation completeness. 

Border Crossing Location and Contact

Name of Border Crossing

Zambia and DRC: Sakanya Border Post

Province or District


Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing

Ndola (19 km)





Managing Authority / Agency

Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA)

Contact Person

Mr F. Mubanga

Mobile: 00977 846612/ 0971284300


Travel Times

Nearest International Airport

Lusaka – Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe  International Airport (23 km)

Truck Travel Time: 1 hr

Car Travel time: 30 Mins

Nearest Port

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (1,839 km)

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

Ndola (19 km)

Truck Travel Time: 1 hr

Car Travel time: 30 Mins

Other Information


Road is badly damaged to Ndola.  Border post has a small volume of traffic with minimum wait with correct documentation. 

Hours of Operation

Every day regardless of holidays or season

0600 – 1800 hours

Daily Capacity

This border post has a small volume of traffic.  No parking space for trucks except along the roadside.  Approximately 3-5 trucks per day cross both ways with most in transit from Zambia to DRC Border Post.  Maximum capacity is about 5 trucks per day.  About a 1-2 hour wait when all documentation is correct.  Road access very bad asphalt from Ndola.

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 US$2.20 equivalent 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 Customs Information. 

Other Relevant Information

Cargo transits DRC with correct documentation fairly smoothly.  Movement of people and private vehicles from DRC to Zambia do not have the same experience. Food is inspected by the Ministry of Agriculture. 


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

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