2.3.5 Zambia Border Crossing of Katima Mulillo


Zambian Revenue Authority and Immigration staff are present at this crossing. It is a large office that is constantly congested with truck traffic. Access is good on tarmac roads from the north and south.  From the North the nearest major center is Mongu. The eastern roads to Mongu are functional, although the tarmac is damaged and has cracked  in some places. The access road from Livingstone via Kazungula district is in deplorable state and would take approx. 7 to 8 hrs for a truck to move over 150km road stretch. Truckers entering and exiting Katima Mulilo prefers to use Mongu road to access the capital Lusaka and other Zambian major cities.

Border Crossing Location and Contact

Name of Border Crossing

Zambia and Namibia: Katima Mulillo Border Post

Province or District

Sesheke District, Western Province

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing

Sesheke (1 km)





Managing Authority / Agency

Zambian Revenue Authority (ZRA)

Contact Person

Tobias Njovu, Station Master, (+260 962136336)

Travel Times

Nearest International Airport

Livingstone – Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport (215 km)

Truck Travel Time: 7 hrs

Car Travel time: 4 hrs

Nearest Port

Walvis Bay, Namibia (1,520 km)

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

Livingstone (203 km)

Truck Travel Time: 5hrs

Car Travel time: 3hrs

Other Information

Roads are made of solid tarmac and in good condition.  This border post is congested and there is a one day wait expectation when all the correct documentation is provided. Fuel is easily available.

Hours of Operation

Every day regardless of holidays or season

06:00 – 18:00 

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 is possible through a forwarding agent 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 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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