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This border post is very quiet and serves as a pre-cleareance post for all cargo going to the Chipungu Border Post.  The road is made of good tarmac until the turn off from the D79 main highway.  This post also supports the Nchelenge Harbour activity on Lake Mweru.

Waiting time is dependent upon documentation completeness.  

Border Crossing Location and Contact

Name of Border Crossing


Nchelenge Border Post:

Country #1: Zambia
Country #2: DRC

Province or District

Nchelenge District, Luapua Province

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing



230 km


S 9.344783


E 028.730341

Managing Authority / Agency


Contact Person

Biggie Chungu, Customs Collector, Mobile: (+260 977194561)

Travel Times

Nearest International Airport

Lusaka – Kenneth Kaunda International Airport

Distance 1025 km

Truck Travel Time: 32 hrs

Car Travel time: 18 hrs


Nearest Port

Beira/Nacala/Durban/Dar es Salaam

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


Distance 230 km

Truck Travel Time: 4.5 hrs

Car Travel time: 3 hrs

Other Information

Roads are good tarmac and in good condition.  Border post is very quiet with half day wait with correct documentation.  Little to no parking for trucks except along main road. Fuel easily available

Hours of Operation


Every day regardless of holidays or season 

06:00 – 18:00

Daily Capacity

This border post is very quiet.  Very little parking space for trucks except along the roadside.  Operates as pre-clearance for Chipungu Border Post and primary for Nchelenge Harbour activity. Average of 2 trucks per day cross both ways with about a 1-2 hour wait when all documentation is correct.  Road access is good tarmac on D79


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 through a forwarding agent is possible and recommended.  A bond is held by the agent for a fee.  An inspection is required for import and export by the Ministry of Agriculture and ZRA.  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 country.

For more information on customs in Zambia, please see the following link: 1.3 Zambia Customs Information


Other Relevant Information

All cargo crossing at the Chipungu Border Post must pre-clear in Nchelenge.  The road from Nchelenge to the Chipungu Border Post is made of gravel and in poor condition, with a very narrow one way bridge across the Kalungwishi River.  30 MT trucks use the route. Photos can be found in Annexes.

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 Zambia Government Contact List

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