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
Province or District
|Nchelenge District, Luapua Province|
Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing
Managing Authority / Agency
Biggie Chungu, Customs Collector, Mobile: (+260 977194561)
Nearest International Airport
Lusaka – Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
Distance 1025 km
Truck Travel Time: 32 hrsCar Travel time: 18 hrs
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
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
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
Delays occur when documentation is incomplete. Documentation requirements for food (cereals):
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on government contact details, please see the following link: 4.1 Zambia Government Contact List