This border post is quiet with a few cargo trucks crossing despite the road conditions. All cargo must be pre-cleared at the Mwami Border Post near Chipata for export to Malawi. The in transit operation through Malawi requires no pre-clearance in Chipata. From Chipata onwards, this crossing offers the shortest route to Nakonde for import to Tanzania or beyond. The gravel on the road from Lundazi is in poor condition for 16 kms and until the border.
Waiting time is dependent upon documentation completeness.
Border Crossing Location and Contact
Name of Border Crossing
Lusuntha Border Post
Country #1: Zambia
Province or District
|Lundazi District, Eastern Province|
Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing
Managing Authority / Agency
Mr Garry Mushibwa, Station Manager; Mr John Zulu, Customs Collector, Mobile: +260 977378272
Nearest International Airport
Mfuwe International Airport
Distance 316 km
Truck Travel Time: 6 hrs
Car Travel time: 3.5 hrs
Beira/Nacala/Durban/Dar es Salaam
Nearest location with functioning wholesale markets, or with significant manufacturing or production capacity
Distance 190 km
Truck Travel Time: 3.5 hrs
Car Travel time: 2.0 hrs
|The M12 from Chipata to Lundazi is under construction and made of good tarmac where it is complete. The road from Lundazi to the border post consists of poor gravel. The border post is quiet with minimum wait time when documentation is correct.|
Hours of Operation
Every day regardless of holidays or season
06:00 – 18:00
This border post is quiet, with a few cargo trucks crossing from Lundazi despite the road conditions. The M12 from Chipata is under construction and made of good tarmac where complete. All cargo must be pre-cleared at the Mwami Border Post near Chipata for export to Malawi. In transit through Malawi requires no pre-clearance in Chipata and can be processed at the Lusuntha Border Post. From Chipata this crossing offers the shortest route to Nakonde for import to Tanzania or beyond. The gravel road from Lundazi is in poor condition for 16 Kms and until the border.
Delays occur when documentation is incomplete. Documentation requirements for food (cereals):
Export permit (dependant on commodity)
Certificate of Origin (COMESA/SADC)
Export schedule (in case of Maize)
Electronic pre-clearance is possible and recommended through a forwarding agent. A bond is held by the agent for a fee. The ZRA is the regulatory authority. Inspection by the Ministry of Agriculture and the ZRA is required for import and export. A fee of 100 USD per foreign registered truck and 196 ZMW for Zambian trucks IS REQUIRED. All trucks are subject to inspection upon entering or leaving the harbour.
For more information on customs in Zambia, please see the following link: 1.3 Zambia Customs Information
This Border Post serves cargo moving into Malawi or in transit through Malawi. Photos found in Annexes. Food is inspected by the Ministry of Agriculture.
Lusuntha Port Border Post, PO Box 530090 Lundazi, Tel: +260 211381970, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on government contact details, please see the following link: 4.1 Zambia Government Contact List