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This border post has a steady volume of traffic at a level of 60 trucks per day. The access from the T4 via the T6 highway is of broken tarmac from Katete and for 54 Kms.  Most truck cargo is transiting to Beira or Nacala Port in Mozambique.  Clearance with all correct documentation and pre-alerts, takes approximately 3 hours.   

Border Crossing Location and Contact

Name of Border Crossing


Chanida Border Post

Country #1: Zambia
Country #2: Mozambique

Province or District

Eastern Province

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing



54 km


S 14.30114


E 032.34948

Managing Authority / Agency


Contact Person

Mr Malama Chiwama, Station Manager, Mobile: +260 976044893

Travel Times

Nearest International Airport

Mfuwe International Airport

Distance 264 km

Truck Travel Time: 5.5 hrs

Car Travel time: 2.5 hrs

Nearest Port

Beira/Nacala/Dar es Salaam

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


Distance 54 km

Truck Travel Time: 2 hrs

Car Travel time: 1 hr

Other Information

The access road  from the T4 via the T6 highway is made of tarmac broken for 54 km from Katete.  Most truck cargo is transiting to Beira or the Nacala Port in Mozambique. 

Hours of Operation

Every day regardless of holidays or season

06:00 – 18:00

Daily Capacity

This border post has a steady volume of traffic with 60 trucks crossing per day and has the ability to accept a higher volume. 

Customs Clearance

Delays occur when documentation is incomplete. 

Documentation requirements for food (cereals):

  1. Waybill

  2. Export permit (dependant 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 and recommended through a forwarding agent.  A bond is held by the agent for a fee. The ZRA is the regulatory authority. The Ministry of Agriculture and the ZRA require inspections of all cargo imported and exported. A fee of 100 USD per foreign registered truck and 196 ZMW for Zambian trucks. 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

Other Relevant Information

Food is inspected by the Ministry of Agriculture. 


Chanida Border Post, PO Box 550015 Katete, Tel: +260 211381960, email:

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

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