2.3.6 Zambia Border Crossing of Kazungula


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 overall in good condition , even though the tarmac is damaged and has cracked in some places. Access from Livingstone is good and the road is in good condition. Pontoon operations are still operational though the World Bank funded bridge is now completed and awaits commissioning during the month of May 2021. Once the bridge has been commissioned, it is expected that traffic will increase at this border point as it is a shorter route from Livingstone City in Zambia to the City of Johannesburg in South Africa. Its about 900km from Kazungula border to Johannesburg via Botswana.

Border Crossing Location and Contact

Name of Border Crossing

Zambia and Botswana: Kazungula Border Post

Province or District

Kazungula District, Southern Province

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing

Livingstone (67 km)





Managing Authority / Agency

Zambian Revenue Authority (ZRA)

Contact Person

Mr. Emerson Chisuta, Station Master, (+260 978 582323)

Travel Times

Nearest International Airport

Livingstone – Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport (73 km)

Truck Travel Time: 3 hrs

Car Travel time: 1.5hrs

Nearest Port

Durban, South Africa (1,825 km)

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

Livingstone (67 km)

Truck Travel Time: 3 hrs

Car Travel time:1.5 hrs

Other Information

Roads are made of tarmac and in good condition. The border post is congested with a two to three day wait expected when all the documentation is presented correctly, due to slow pontoon operations. There are large parking areas but full. Fuel easily available. A bridge is under construction and its completion estimated in 2019.

Hours of Operation

Every day regardless of holidays or season

06:00 – 18:00 

Daily Capacity

This border post is very busy and trucks are lined up along the roadside with full parking areas. Average of 100 trucks per day cross both ways with about a one day wait when all documentation is correct.  Road access is good and on tarmac. The large parking areas available are full. The traffic is made of mostly heavy trucks carrying copper and other goods make up the minority of exports.

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 forwarding agent and recommended. A bond is held by the agent for fees. The ZRA is the Regulatory Authority. Inspection is required for import and export by the Ministry of Agriculture and ZRA. A 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

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

Kazungula Border Post, PO Box 65077 Livingstone, Tel: +260 211384000, email:

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

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