2.3.3 Zambia Border Crossing of Jimbe


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, only small 4x4 vehicles as the road is in poor condition and very difficult to transit on the Angolan side.  The closest town in Angola is Souto and Lau which are approximately 310km and 363km respectively away from the border.    

Border Crossing Location and Contact

Name of Border Crossing

Zambia and Angola: Jimbe Border Post

Province or District

Ikelenge District, North Western Province

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing

Mwinilungu Town ( 160 km)





Managing Authority / Agency

Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA)

Contact Person

Joseph Lyalinga, Station Master (+260 973 180264)

Travel Times

Nearest International Airport

Ndola – Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport

Distance 696 km

Truck Travel Time: 25 hrs

Car Travel time: 11 hrs

Nearest Port

Lobito (1460 km), but is seldom used for commercial purposes due to the bad state of the roads.

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

Solwezi (373 km)

Truck Travel Time: 15 hrs

Car Travel time: 7 hrs

Other Information

There are fueling stations in Mwinilunga and Solwezi.  It is recommended to fuel in Solwezi as there is limited fuel storage capacity in Mwinilunga and due to road conditions the supply is tenuous.  Mwinilunga is a small town 101 km south of the Jimbe Border Post.  

The road from Solwezi town to Mwinilunga is substandard. There are plans to rehabilitate the stretch from Mwinilunga to Ikelenge district.

Hours of Operation

Every day regardless of holidays or season 

06:00 – 18:00 

Daily Capacity

This border post is exceptionally small with no electricity, it uses solar panels to power the ZRA computer.  Minimum staffing is present and no truck movement is possible due to road conditions on the Angolan side of the border.  Road conditions from Mwinilunga are difficult as the road is under construction.  Completion of the construction works is estimated for 2018.  Road will then be a good gravel road capable of moving large trucks.  Only Immigration and small vehicles are crossing at present.  Photos of the office and the crossing can be found in Annexes.    

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 through forwarding agent is possible and recommended.  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 ZMW 196 (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

There is no waiting time. Not recommended for cargo movement.

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


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