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This border post is at the northern end of the T2 highway.  It is a combined post with the Tanzania Customs to make it a one-stop facility for all cargo and persons crossing the border.  The crossing is highly congested due to the lack of parking and staging areas for cargo trucks on the Zambian side. On average 350 trucks cross both ways every day.  Maximum capacity is 500 trucks per day.  The road to access the border post is made of good  tarmac to Lusaka, deteriorating and breaking from Mpika onwards and towards the border.   

Waiting time is one day and dependent upon documentation completeness, pre-clearance and alerts.

Border Crossing Location and Contact

Name of Border Crossing


Nakonde/Tunduma One Stop Border Post 

Country #1: Zambia
Country #2: Tanzania

Province or District

Machinga Province

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing



110 km


S 09.31665


E 032.76350

Managing Authority / Agency


Contact Person

Mr Vincent Mgulu, Station Manager, Mobile: +260 977426147

Travel Times

Nearest International Airport

Lusaka – Kenneth Kaunda International Airport

Distance 1030 km

Truck Travel Time: 60 hrs

Car Travel time: 20 hrs

Nearest Port

Beira/Nacala/Durban/Dar es Salaam

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


Distance 110 km

Other Information


Truck Travel Time: 4.5 hrs

Car Travel time: 2.5 hrs

Hours of Operation

Every day regardless of holidays or season

06:00 – 18:00

Daily Capacity

This border post is busy daily.  Very little parking space is available for trucks, except along the roadside in queues over 3 km long.  The ZRA is present at the border post and private truck parking areas exist along the route from the intersection with the D1 from Mbala northwards.  Approximately 350 truckloads per month cross both ways through the border.  The maximum capacity is of about 500 trucks per day.  A 2-4 hour wait when all documentation is correct, pre-clearance complete and alerts provided, can be expected. 

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 at the crossing. Inspection by the Ministry of Agriculture and the ZRA is required for any import and export.  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 harbour.

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

Other Relevant Information

This border post is a unique one-stop design facilitating only one place for all drivers to clear cargo.  Photos found in Annexes. Food is inspected by the Ministry of Agriculture. 

Nakonde/Tunduma One Stop Border Post, PO Box 430092 Nakonde, email:

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

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