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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 slow with long waiting times of up to three days.  Two out of six pontoons (from Botswana) are operating. Large parking areas are full. A bridge across the Zambezi river is under construction and is estimated to be completed and in use in 2019.

Border Crossing Location and Contact

Name of Border Crossing


Kazungula Border Post:

Country #1: Zambia
Country #2: Botswana

Province or District

Kazungula District, Southern Province

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing



67 km


S 17.78967


E 025.26689

Managing Authority / Agency


Contact Person

Chikumbi Chama, Station Master, (+260 977778383)

Travel Times

Nearest International Airport

Livingstone – Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport

Distance 73 km

Truck Travel Time: 3 hrs

Car Travel time: 1.5 hrs

Nearest Port

Beira/Nacala/Durban/Dar es Salaam

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


Distance 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. Abridge 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 . Anverage 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. Photos of the office and crossing are in Annexes.    


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 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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