2.3.9 Zambia Border Crossing of Chipungu


This border post is abit quiet.  This post must have all cargo pre-cleared at Nchelenge Border Post.  Road access from Nchelenge on D79 is gravel road in poor condition with a one way narrow bridge crossing the Kalungwishi river.  Only Immigration Officers are daily at the border post.   

Waiting time is dependent upon documentation completeness that is pre-cleared in Nchelenge. 

Border Crossing Location and Contact

Name of Border Crossing

Zambia and DRC: Chipungu Border Post

Province or District

Chienge District, Luapua Province

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing

Mansa (330 km)





Managing Authority / Agency

Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA)

Contact Person

Mr. Frank Bwalya

Cell# 0972 754 835


Travel Times

Nearest International Airport

Lusaka – Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (1125 km)

Truck Travel Time: 45 hrs

Car Travel time: 23 hrs

Nearest Port

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (1,624 km)

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

Mansa (350 km)

Truck Travel Time: 11 hrs

Car Travel time: 6 hrs

Other Information


Road is good tarmac on D79 until Nchelenge when it turns to poor gravel. Very narrow one way bridge across Kalungwishi river at S -9.55152, E 29.44890.  Border post is very quiet with no wait with correct documentation pre-cleared in Nchelenge. 

Hours of Operation

Every day regardless of holidays or season

0600 – 1800 hours

Daily Capacity

This border post is very quiet.  Very little parking space for trucks except along the roadside.  Nchelenge Border Post pre-clears all cargo vehicles.  When the Mines in DRC are active, Average of 20 trucks per day cross both ways with about a 1-2 hour wait when all documentation is correct.  Road access is poor gravel north of Nchelenge on D79.      

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 196ZMW 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

All cargo crossing at the Chipungu Border Post must pre-clear in Nchelenge.  Road from Nchelenge to Chipungu Border Post is gravel and in poor condition with a very narrow one way bridge across the Kalungwishi River.  30MT trucks use the route.

Food is inspected by the Ministry of Agriculture. 

Nchelenge Border Post, PO Box 740091 Nchelenge, Tel: +260 211381751, email:


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


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