Zambia Border Crossing of Jimbe

It consists of a very small post that has no electricity and the minimal staff use solar energy to support the computer system. No truck crossing is possible, only small 4x4 vehicles as the road is in poor condition and very difficult to transit on the Angolan side. The closest town in Angola is Souto. Approximately 310km away.

Border Crossing Location and Contact

Hours of Operation:

  • Every day regardless of holidays or season: 06:00 – 18:00
  • Name of Border Crossing/ Jimbe Border Post: Country #1: Zambia and Angola
  • Province or District: Ikelenge District, North Western Province
  • Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing: Chilabombwa 16 km

Nearest International Airport

  • Ndola – Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport
  • Distance 696 km
  • Ruck Travel Time: 25 hrs
  • Car Travel time: 11 hrs
  • Customs Clearance

    Delays occur when documentation is incomplete. Documentation requirements for food (cereals):

    • Waybill
    • Export permit (dependant on commodity)
    • Certificate of Origin (COMESA/SADC)
    • Fumigation certificate
    • Export schedule (in case of Maize)
    • Invoice
    • Phytosanitary certificate
    • Electronic pre-clearance through forwarding agent is possible and recommended. Bond is held by the agent for fees. ZRA is the Regulatory Authority. Inspection is required for import and export by Ministry of Agriculture and ZRA. Fee of USD 100 per foreign registered truck and ZMW 196 (USD 20.22) for Zambian trucks. All trucks are subject to inspection upon entering or leaving the country.

    Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing

    • Chilabombwa
    • 16 km
    • Latitude: S 11.10887
    • Longitude: E 24.02098
  • Nearest Port
  • Nearest location with functioning wholesale markets, or with significant manufacturing or production capacity
  • Solwezi
  • Distance 373 km
  • Truck Travel Time: 15 hrs
  • Car Travel time: 7 hrs
  • There are fuelling stations in Mwinilunga and Solwezi. It is wise to fuel in Solwezi as there is limited fuel storage capacity in Mwinilunga and due to road conditions the supply is tenuous. Mwinilunga is a small town 101 km south of the Jimbe Border Post.
  • Daily Capacity

    This border post is exceptionally small with no electricity, ituses solar panels to power the ZRA computer. Minimum staffing is present and no truck movement is possible due to road conditions on the Angolan side of the border. Road conditions from Mwinilunga are difficult as the road is under construction. Completion of the construction works is estimated for 2018. Road will then be a good gravel road capable of moving large trucks. Only Immigration and small vehicles are crossing at present.

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    Southern section border crossing

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