Malawi - 2.3.1 Songwe Land Border Crossing


The border post is a busy one and has a volume of 100 trucks per day. The road from Songwe is tarmac and is 45 Km to Karonga. Imports are second-hand vehicles, soap medicaments cement, fertilizer, and soap while exports are mainly agriculture produce.

Border Crossing Location and Contact

Name of Border Crossing

 Malawi: Songwe Border Post
Tanzania:   Kasumulu

Province or District

Norther Region

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing



-9.94161415077062        9°57'9.13"S


33.924393732360926      33°55'29.36"E

Managing Authority / Agency

Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA)

Contact Person

Victor Msesa Station Manager, + 26588885533


Travel Times

Nearest International Airport

Lilongwe International Airport (716 Km)

Truck Travel Time: 18hrs

Car Travel time: 9hrs 27min

Nearest Port

Dar es salaam (935 km)

Truck Travel Time: 24Hrs

Car Travel time: 12 Hrs

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

Karonga (45 Km)

Truck Travel Time: 1 Hrs 40 Min

Car Travel time: 50 min

Other Information


The road from Songwe to Karonga is tarmac. Most truck cargo transits to Dar es salaam (935 Km)


Hours of Operation

Every day regardless of holidays or seasons

7:30 – 18:00


Daily Capacity

Songwe border post has a steady volume of traffic with over 100 trucks crossing per day 

Customs Clearance

Delays occur when documentation is incomplete.

Import documents shall include:

  1. Bill of lading/cargo manifest for sea and land cargo
  2. Commercial/proforma invoice
  3. Packing list
  4. Certificate of origin (optional)
  5. Certificate of analysis for food commodities (to accompany the cargo)

Export documentation:

  1. Bill of lading/cargo manifest for sea and land consignments
  2. Commercial invoice
  3. Packing list
  4. Certificate of origin (optional)
  5. Certificate of analyses/phytosanitary for food commodities.
  6. Non-GMO certificate.

For more information on customs in Malawi, please see the following link:

 Malawi Revenue Authority - Home (


Other Relevant Information

Agriculture/daily products are inspected by Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Health and Malawi Bureau of Standards inspectors are present at the border.

The border mostly facilitates imports of second-hand vehicles from Japan, fertiliser, cement Medicament and soap while exports mainly are agriculture produce

Fees for the truck include temporary import permit USD 19 and toll fees varies depending on the nationality of truck registration and distance of destination.

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